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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Mark Calcavecchia
Mark Calcavecchia appeared to be off to yet another slow start after only two strokes.
Kenny Perry didn't have a double hit, miss many easy putts or do anything spectacularly good or bad.
Kenny Perry's driver is sailing long and true again, just like the one he used to win two major championships last year.
Mark Calcavecchia's 8-foot closing putt for birdie put him in a better mood and sole possession of the second-round lead in the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek.
The Champions Tour players put on long-sleeved pullovers and tried to figure out which way the wind was swirling from hole to hole. They left Shoal Creek with little separation at the top.
Corey Pavin never thought it would take him more than two seasons to get his first victory on the Champions Tour at last year's Allianz Championship.
Fred Couples is sidelined by a back injury, leaving Mark Calcavecchia as the top returning finisher in the Champions Tour's AT&T Championship.
Pete Dye won't forget the gushing praise he heard from just about everyone about his new creation, The Ocean Course, as the world's best players got ready for the 1991 Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island in weather that was perfect for golf.
Brandt Snedeker plays fast and talks even faster, and he was on a roll Friday in the British Open. He raced up the leaderboard with five birdies in a seven-hole stretch, tied the 36-hole record for a major championship and looked like he was bent on running away from the field at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
Loren Roberts shot a 69 on Sunday to win the Toshiba Classic by two strokes over Mark Calcavecchia, Tom Kite and Bernhard Langer.
Charles Schwab Cup points leader Tom Lehman's right knee gave him so much trouble last year that several close friends suggested he undergo replacement surgery.
When Mark Calcavecchia pulled into the TPC Twin Cities course parking lot and saw his name on a sign with "Champions Tour" above it, he felt he was at the right place.
This year, it's Mark Calcavecchia doing the old guys proud.
Calcavecchia, who lived in nearby Laurel, Nebraska until he was 13, said the rolling hills of the Wakonda Club reminded him of the course he learned to play on.
"It was looking like I was going to bogey the first hole right off the hop," Calcavecchia said.