Boca Raton, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Bart Bryant made an albatross on the
par-5 18th on Saturday to keep his piece of the lead after two rounds of the
Bryant carded a 3-under 69 to end at 9-under-par 135. He stands alongside Paul
Goydos, Tom Pernice Jr. and Rod Spittle. Goydos and Pernice shared the first-
round lead with Bryant and also shot 69 in round two. Spittle fired a 6-under
66 to gain his piece of the lead.
Bernhard Langer, the 2010 champion, shot 2-under 70 to end 36 holes at
minus-7. He was joined there by Olin Browne (67), Guy Boros (68) and Mark
Rocco Mediate matched Spittle’s 66 on The Old Course at Broken Sound Club.
Mediate is in a 4-way tie for ninth at 6-under-par 138.
Bryant got on the board with a birdie on the second. Back-to-back birdies at
seven and eight moved him into the lead at minus-9.
Around the turn, Bryant rolled in a birdie effort at the 10th to push his lead
to two strokes. However, he followed with bogeys on the 11th and 12th.
Another bogey at the 14th dropped Bryant two shots behind Pernice and Spittle.
Bryant stumbled to his fourth bogey in seven holes at the 17th to slide to
Bryant holed a 6-iron from 195 yards out at the par-5 18th for double-eagle.
That helped him jump back into a share of the lead.
“I hit a really great drive. Thought I’d hit 5-iron and was thinking about 6-
iron and hit the six. I got it up in the air and thought with the wind I’d
have a chance to get it close and have a chance for eagle,” Bryant explained.
“Got myself back in the tournament with that shot. Its kind of surreal it went
Goydos converted birdie chances at the third and fourth. He ran off nine
straight pars from the fifth to remain at minus-8. Goydos tripped to a bogey
on the 14th, but came back with birdies at 16 and 18 to regain a piece of the
“I hit the ball really, really well. As the day went on, I started hitting it
better,” Goydos said. “Tee to green it was very good, but I didn’t make any
Pernice played the front nine in even-par with a bogey at the second and a
birdie at the eighth. He soared into a share of the lead thanks to three
birdies in a 4-hole stretch from the 12th. Pernice finished his round with
three pars in a row.
Spittle poured in three straight birdies from the first, all from inside eight
feet. Back-to-back birdies at six and seven moved him to 8-under. He was tied
for the lead until the 11th, where he stumbled to a bogey after finding sand
off the tee.
The 2010 AT&T Championship winner bounced back with a 10-foot birdie effort on
the 12th. After five pars in a row, Spittle 2-putted for birdie on the par-5
18th to grab a share of the lead.
NOTES: Bryant’s double-eagle was the 35th in Champions Tour history … All
four leaders have previously had a piece of the 36-hole lead on the Champions
Tour … Defending champion Michael Allen carded a 3-under 69 and is tied for
13th at 5-under-par 139 … Steve Lowry and John Huston had the only bogey-
free rounds on Saturday.