Forsman breaks Regions record, trails by 1
HOOVER, Ala. – Dan Forsman made two eagles on his way to a tournament-record 10-under 62 on Saturday, leaving him a stroke behind leader Bobby Clampett after the second round of the Regions Charity Classic.
The 50-year-old Clampett, a TV analyst who won the 1982 Southern Open for his lone PGA Tour title, shot a 64 to finish at 15-under 129 – the best 36-hole score in the history of the event – on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Ross Bridge course.
Forsman, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour, bogeyed the second hole, but rebounded with three birdies and an eagle over the next six holes. He had a stretch of four consecutive birdies on the back nine and eagled the 16th.
“I executed some nice shots early on, and the momentum just kept building,” said Forsman, who played the four par 5s in 6 under. “I knew on the back nine that I was having a special round.”
The 62, the 52-year-old Forsman’s lowest score in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, broke the tournament record of 63 set by Jack Keifer in 1992 at Greystone and matched six times.
Clampett broke the tournament 36-hole record of 130 set by Hale Irwin and Gil Morgan in 2001 at Greystone.
“To put two good rounds together is hard to do, but I feel like I’ve executed well this week,” said Clampett, making his second Champions Tour start. “I’ve hit a lot of good shots.”
Peter Senior (66) was third at 13 under, and Joey Sindelar (67) was 12 under.
Ken Green, playing in his first stroke-play event since having the lower part of his right leg amputated following an auto accident last June, was 6 over after a 76.
Forsman’s 12-foot birdie putt on No. 17 stopped at the lip of the cup.
“I thought I had a birdie,” Forsman said. “It was on the edge to go 11-under. It was hanging and hanging. I wanted that one bad.”
Forsman finished his round more than 90 minutes before Clampett, who was in the day’s final group. At the time, Clampett trailed Forsman by three shots, but birdied four of the final six holes – holing a 50-footer on No. 14.
“It’s been an emotional experience to be back up on the leaderboard,” said Clampett, who has yet to make a bogey in the tournament after having six three-putts in his Champions Tour debut two weeks ago.