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Waldorf Leads Senior Event; Blake Trails by One; Forsman Drops Out of Contention
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It has been 13 years since Duffy Waldorf won a tournament.Waldorf could easily end that streak Sunday with one more proficient round.Waldorf shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Champions Tour’s Principal Charity Classic. Waldorf, the only player in the field to break par in both rounds, had an 8-under 136 total. Bart Bryant and Jay Don Blake were tied for second. Bryant had a 64, and Blake shot a 66.Russ Cochran was 6 under after a 67. Tom Lehman led a group of five at 5-under 139.Friday leaders Scott Hoch and Dan Forsman fell off the pace, Waldorf had four birdies in a five-hole stretch to seize a slim lead. Forsman shot 75 and dropped to 34th place.The 50-year-old Waldorf is winless in 12 career starts on the 50-and-over tour. He took advantage of calm conditions at the Wakonda Club to post a bogey-free round after opening with a 69 for a share of the first-round lead.Waldorf won four times on the PGA TOUR, the last coming at the Disney Classic in 2000 when he shot a final-round 62.”The way the course is set up and the guys in the field, they’ll be plenty of guys right there who are going to make a run,” Waldorf said. “I feel like I just have to play a good solid round and hopefully it’ll be good enough to win.”Jay Haas, a three-time winner in the event, was 3 under after a 70. Points leader Bernhard Langer shot a 75 to drop 11 strokes back.Waldorf is attempting to become the third straight rookie to win on the Champions Tour.He put himself in position for his first career victory on the senior circuit with a consistent and largely mistake-free round.