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Bryant dominates Dick's Open Round Two

(Source: Jeremy Donovan)

ENDICOTT -- First rounds are unpredictable because everyone tees off with a chance to sit at the top of the leader board.  On Day 2, the cream begins to rise to the top, and no one rose higher than Bart Bryant.

The younger of the two Bryant brothers finished the second day of the Dick's Sporting Goods Open at -6, but like Tim McGraw on Friday night, the encore was even better.  Bryant made the turn with sic birdies already in hand, and added another four on the back nine.  Even more impressive, he has yet to bogey a hole in the tournament.  How can you top that?  How about by setting an En-Joie tournament record at -16 through the first 36 holes.  Despite the red hot play, he'll have plenty of competition come Sunday.

Corey Pavin entered the day in the middle of the pack at -4, and early on it looked like he would stay there.  Bt the bogey on two was quickly negated by a birdie on three, and from there it was smooth sailing.  Six more birdies and an eagle on 12 have Corey Pavin sitting in second at 12-under.  Four shots back of the leader and well within striking distance.

Fortunately, not living up to his name, Duffy Waldorf came on strong on Saturday, finishing in third at -11.  Duffy had more birdies on Friday, but less bogeys on Saturday and also added an eagle to finish at -7 in Round Two.  Waldorf's last score change came on 16 where he birdied a hole that few other did.  Even Bryant admits he hasn't been able to it out.

Sunday's champion will be a special one as this year's Dick's Open champ will be the 1,000th for the Champions Tour.  While the top three are in good position to claim that title, the competition goes much deeper.

Russ Cochran and Rick Fehr put up identical scores on back-to-back days, each finishing with -5's between Friday and Saturday.  They are tied for fourth at 10-under.  Rod Spittle and Gene Sauers are in sixth at -9 after both shooting 6-under in round two.  Rounding out the top ten are Scott Hoch (-9),
David Frost (-6), and Kenny Perry (-1) all at 8-under.  Perry began the round as the leader but bogeyed twice on the back nine and countered with three birdies to drop back in the standings.

Another surprising surge was last year's runner-up, Michael Allen.  Ending play at -1, six shots back of the lead, Allen kicked it up a notch and nailed six birdie putts on the front before cooling off on the back with a birdie on 12 and a bogey on 18.  But, from 12th place, don't count him out just yet.

As for his foe from a year ago, defending champ Willie Wood, it might be safe to say you can count him out.  After a dreadful +5 opening round, Wood was much better Saturday.  Four birdies and only two bogeys for a -2 round leave him at +3, tied for 72nd.

The homecoming continued for Joey Sindelar.  The Horseheads native faired much better before the turn than after, but given his battles with injuries over the last year, put on an impressive showing.  After settling for par on the first two holes, Sindelar birdied the next three before breaking that string with a bogey on 6.  Another birdie right before the turn had him in good position to climb the leader board with a good back nine.  Unfortunately, birdies on 10 and 13 were negated by bogeys on 11, 15, and 17.  Sindelar will have a tough task ahead, but it's not totally impossible to see him raise the hardware at En-Joie for the first time since the 1987 B.C. Open.

To do so, he will have to overcome quite a bit of distance in the standings.  But, in sports, especially golf, anything can happen.

So, who will claim the top honors at the 2013 Dick's Sporting Goods Open?  Who will reign supreme as the 1,000th winner in Champions Tour history?  Stick with us on Fox 40 throughout the final round on Sunday, and join us at ten to find out.

See the list below for Sunday's tee times.

1 8:45 am Doyle, Allen Levi, Wayne
2 8:56 am Riegger, John Gilder, Bob Clampett, Bobby
3 9:07 am Haas, Jay Wadkins, Bobby Gallagher, Jr., Jim
4 9:18 am Byrum, Tom Schulz, Ted Wood, Willie
5 9:29 am Sutton, Hal Magee, Andrew Carter, Jim
6 9:40 am Calcavecchia, Mark Irwin, Hale Edwards, Danny
7 9:51 am Zoeller, Fuzzy Mast, Dick Rutledge, Jim
8 10:02 am Skinner, Sonny Eger, David Jones, Gene
9 10:13 am Mouland, Mark Pate, Steve Henninger, Brian
10 10:24 am Lowery, Steve Glasson, Bill Blake, Jay Don
11 10:35 am Faxon, Brad Thorpe, Jim Simpson, Scott
12 10:46 am Jacobsen, Peter Price, Nick Tway, Bob
13 10:57 am Montgomerie, Colin Chapman, Roger Stadler, Craig
14 11:08 am Inman, John Huston, John Forsman, Dan
15 11:19 am Morgan, Gil Pernice Jr., Tom Jones, Steve
16 11:30 am Brehaut, Jeff Sindelar, Joey Beck, Chip
17 11:41 am Brooks, Mark Kite, Tom Elkington, Steve
18 11:52 am Cook, John Goodes, Mike Sluman, Jeff
19 12:03 pm Pooley, Don Hallberg, Gary Roberts, Loren
20 12:14 pm Bryant, Brad Langer, Bernhard McNulty, Mark
21 12:25 pm Funk, Fred Hart, Jeff Nelson, Larry
22 12:36 pm Edwards, Joel Wiebe, Mark Lu, Chien Soon
23 12:47 pm Senior, Peter Daley, Joe Freeman, Jeff
24 12:58 pm Frost, David Perry, Kenny Allen, Michael
25 1:09 pm Sauers, Gene Toledo, Esteban Hoch, Scott
26 1:20 pm Cochran, Russ Fehr, Rick Spittle, Rod
27 1:31 pm Bryant, Bart Pavin, Corey Waldorf, Duffy

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