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Maggert increases lead at Schwab Cup Championship

Jeff Maggert built on his lead Friday at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix, bad news for the players chasing Scott McCarron for the season-long PGA Tour Champions title.

Maggert fired a 6-under-par 65 at Phoenix Country Club, and is at 14-under 128 through two rounds, four strokes ahead of second-place Bernhard Langer of Germany, who carded a 3-under 68 on Friday.

Langer, who is in third place in the point standings, as well as second-place Jerry Kelly, fourth-place Colin Montgomerie of Scotland and fifth-place Retief Goosen of South Africa, are attempting to catch McCarron in the tour’s final event of the season.

McCarron and Kelly would each take the season-long Charles Schwab Cup with a win. The other three need to win in Phoenix and have McCarron and Kelly falter.

Should the standings through two rounds hold up, McCarron would emerge on top.

The remainder of the 34-player Phoenix field has no mathematical chance at winning the yearlong championship.

McCarron, who shot even par on Friday, and Kelly, who was 3-over par on the day, are tied for 25th at 2 under. Goosen is tied for third with Brandt Jobe at 9 under following a 4-under-par round, and Montgomerie is tied for 10th at 6 under after a 2-under-par round.

Marco Dawson, following a 4-under-par round, is in fifth place at 8 under.

Maggert began with five birdies and three pars among his first eight holes Friday. The rest of the way, he had nine pars and a birdie on No. 17 to add to his comfortable lead. He is looking for his sixth career PGA Tour Champions victory, but he hasn’t won an event since he was a four-time winner in 2015.

Langer’s chances of earning a sixth season-long Champions crown took a serious hit when he double-bogeyed the par-5 18th hole. His up-and-down round also featured eight birdies and three bogeys. Twice on the back nine, he had birdie-bogey-birdie sequences.

Goosen made his lone bogey of the day at the par-5 first hole, then produced five birdies to keep his title chances alive.

The top five players in the standings at the end of the tournament will share the $2.1 million purse of bonus annuities: 1st — $1 million, 2nd — $500,000, 3rd — $300,000, 4th — $200,000, 5th — $100,000.

–Field Level Media

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