RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) — Jay Haas and Peter Jacobsen took the second-round lead Saturday in the Champions Tour's Legends of Golf, teaming for a 6-under 48 in windy conditions on the par-3 Top of the Rock course.
Haas and Jacobsen played nine holes of alternate shot and nine of better ball at Top of the Rock, the first par-3 course used in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, after opening with a better-ball 62 on Friday on the regulation Buffalo Ridge layout. They had a 15-under 110 total.
"We've known each other since college days," Haas said. "And if you know Peter, you're a friend of
Peter's. We've played on Ryder Cup teams before and just know each other. Our wives know each other."
They were 1 under in the alternate-shot nine.
"We talked about it walking down the first hole, the morning format, the alternate shot," Jacobsen said. "I turned to Jay and said, 'I'm nervous. I haven't been this nervous in a long time.' It takes us back to Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup days when the alternate shot is the most difficult. You feel like you're on an island. You're playing for yourself and also you're playing for your partner, so you don't want to leave your partner in a bad position."
Jeff Sluman and Fred Funk were second after a 50 on the par-3 course, the site of the final round Sunday.
"I think both of us not only embrace the golf course and the concept of a par 3, but we embrace the format change from last year," said Sluman, the winner last year with Brad Faxon in Savannah, Georgia. "t's fun, it's exciting, it's vibrant and we're jazzed to be here."
In Legends Division for players 65 and older, the teams of Jim Colbert-Jim Thorpe and Bruce Fleisher-Larry Nelson shared the lead at 7-under 118. Colbert and Thorpe had a 2-under 52 on the par-3 course, and Fleisher and Nelson shot 56.