Garwood grabs 1-shot lead in Iowa
Des Moines, IA (SportsNetwork.com) - Doug Garwood fired a 7-under 65 on Saturday and he moved one stroke ahead of Michael Allen after two rounds of the Principal Charity Classic.
Garwood, who never played a PGA Tour event, ended 36 holes at 11-under-par 133. He will go for his first Champions Tour title on Sunday.
Allen carded a 6-under 66 at Wakonda Club and moved into second place at minus-10.
Mark Calcavecchia, who shared the first-round lead with Wes Short, posted a 3- under 69, but dipped into a tie for third with Tom Pernice, Jr., who shot 67 on Saturday.
Short posted a 70 and fell into a tie for fifth at 8-under 136. He was joined there by Joe Durant (67), John Riegger (68) and Chien Soon Lu (65).
Garwood, who tied for seventh at this event last year, played a steady front nine. He picked up birdies on the third, fifth and eighth to move to minus-7. His birdie on the eighth moved him one clear of four players.
Around the turn, he kept pouring them in. Garwood birdied the 12th and made it two in a row as he 2-putted for birdie on No. 13.
The 51-year-old, who is making just his fourth start of the year, converted back-to-back birdie efforts at 16 and 17 to grab the lead at 11-under. Garwood parred the last to end there.
"It is nice not to have a bogey because you never get that negative backwards step, so everything has been positive," Garwood said. "I've never been in this position before. I'll be nervous (on Sunday), but that is part of the deal."
Allen opened with a birdie on the first. After a pair of pars, he traded a bogey for a birdie from the fourth. He parred four in a row before making birdie at the 10th.
The 2009 Senior PGA Champion poured in three straight birdie tries from the 13th to jump to 9-under. Allen made a 3-foot birdie putt on the 18th to end one behind Garwood.
"The front nine is kind of difficult, but the back nine there are a few more wedge holes and the par-5s are a little more accessible for me," Allen said. "The back nine is playing a little bit easier now, at least the first two days."
NOTES: Garwood is conditionally exempt this year after 3-putting for bogey on the final hole at Q School last year, then making double-bogey in a 4-for-1 playoff for the final fully exempt spot on tour ... The second-round leader has won this event seven of the 13 times the tournament has been played ... There was a 1-hour, 19-minute weather delay on Saturday due to thunderstorms in the area ... Defending champion Russ Cochran posted a 3-under 69 and improved to plus-3 through two rounds.
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