New Leader After Day Two at the Ally Challenge

Great Golf, Jack Nicklaus, and Country Music Star Kane Brown thrill the crowd at The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren

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Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club, Grand Blanc, MI — August 27, 2022

Fred Funk shot 65 in the opening round of the Ally Challenge presented by McLaren. Saturday, his score increased by 10 strokes as he posted a second-round 75. After going bogey-free on Friday, he could only manage a single birdie against four of the square marked numbers in a round that could only be described as “funky.” Ok, enough of that.

It was not the course toughening up that led to Funk’s reversal in fortunes. Scott Dunlap tied the PGA Tour Champions record low score at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club with a 63 to take over the lead at 11 under par. Steve Stricker, Padraig Harrington, and Brett Quigley sit one stroke back at -10. There are 16 players within four strokes of the lead beginning play in Sunday’s final round.

Hot Rounds and Some That Were Not

After carding four birdies on the front nine. Dunlap birdied five of the last six holes to charge his way up the leaderboard. It was a second-round 64 that vaulted Stricker into the tie for second. Harrington and Quigley got there by shooting 66. A 67 brought Ernie Els into a tie for fifth at nin-under par.

Ernie Els at The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren / Lasco Press Photo

Defending Ally Challenge Champion Joe Durant shot 67 to move into contention at eight under. David Toms and Wes Short, Jr. matched Durant’s first two rounds to join him just three strokes off the lead.

David Branshaw and Lee Janzen went in the opposite direction. Rounds of 75 took away any chance they had to see their name on the winner’s trophy. A 76 dropped Scott Parel from fifth into a tie for 43rd.

Notables

Bernhard Langer (70,69) is five under with Jim Furyk (69,70). Former champions Jerry Kelly (70,70) and Paul Broadhurst (69, 71) joined Funk at four under.

John Daly is one-under-par. David Duval sits in a tie for 69th at four over. Former Masters champion Larry Mize has the dubious honor of training the entire field at seven-over-par.

Brian Gay made the shot of the day, a hole-in-one on No. 11 with a 6-iron from 180 yards.

Celebrity Challenge Fun

Jack Nicklaus, Kane Brown, Dylan Larkin, Jalen Rose, Anthony Dirrell, Kim Moore, and Charlie Bell entertained the fans with a mini-tournament to benefit charity. The highlight of the 4-hole team scramble exhibition match occurred on the 17th tee.

Kane Brown plays golf and entertains at the 2022 Ally Challenge / Lasco Press Photo

After Jalen Rose repeatedly missed the ball, swinging wildly in an attempt to knock it over the water and onto the green. Jack Nicklaus was called upon to offer some advice. Jack, a full foot shorter than Rose, took the club and held it up to the former University of Michigan basketball player. Pointing at the face of the iron, Nicklaus said, “This is the part that you hit the ball with.

Jack Nicklaus coaches Jalen Rose during the Celebrity Shootout at the Ally Challenge / Lasco Press Photo

The Kane Brown Concert

The size of the crowd at the Kane Brown concert Saturday night at the Ally Challenge speaks to the country music artist’s popularity.

Waiting for the Kane Brown Show to start, Saturday at the Ally Challenge / Lasco Press Photo
Show Time at the Community Concert from Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club, a part of the Ally Challenge entertainment package / Lasco Press Photo

Leaderboard at The Ally Challenge from Warwick Hills

Position Player To Par Round 1 Round 2 Total
1 Scott Dunlap -11 70 63 133
T2 Steve Stricker -10 70 64 134
T2 Padraig Harrington -10 68 66 134
T2 Brett Quigley -10 66 68 134
T5 Duffy Waldorf -9 69 66 135
T5 Ernie Els -9 68 67 135
T5 Stephen Ames -9 66 69 135
T8 David Toms -8 69 67 136
T8 Joe Durant -8 69 67 136
T8 Wes Short, Jr. -8 69 67 136
T8 Steven Alker -8 68 68 136
T8 Shane Bertsch -8 68 68 136
T13 Mario Tiziani -7 69 68 137
T13 Rod Pampling -7 69 68 137
T13 Alex Cejka -7 69 68 137
T13 Woody Austin -7 66 71 137
T17 Kent Jones -6 68 70 138
T17 Jeff Maggert -6 68 70 138
T17 Ken Duke -6 68 70 138
T20 Bernhard Langer -5 70 69 139
T20 John Huston -5 71 68 139
T20 Paul Goydos -5 70 69 139
T20 Jim Furyk -5 69 70 139
T20 Paul Stankowski -5 69 70 139
T20 Alan McLean -5 68 71 139
T26 Brandt Jobe -4 71 69 140
T26 Jerry Kelly -4 70 70 140
T26 K.J. Choi -4 69 71 140
T26 Doug Barron -4 69 71 140
T26 Paul Broadhurst -4 69 71 140
T26 Robert Karlsson -4 68 72 140
T26 Fred Funk -4 65 75 140
T33 Brian Gay -3 73 68 141
T33 Corey Pavin -3 72 69 141
T33 Glen Day -3 71 70 141
T33 Jeff Sluman -3 70 71 141
T33 Rocco Mediate -3 69 72 141
T38 Stuart Appleby -2 73 69 142
T38 Thongchai Jaidee -2 73 69 142
T38 Scott McCarron -2 71 71 142
T38 Cameron Beckman -2 68 74 142
T38 David Frost -2 68 74 142
T43 David McKenzie -1 73 70 143
T43 John Daly -1 73 70 143
T43 Steve Pate -1 73 70 143
T43 David Branshaw -1 68 75 143
T43 Lee Janzen -1 68 75 143
T43 Scott Parel -1 67 76 143
T49 Skip Kendall E 74 70 144
T49 Jesper Parnevik E 73 71 144
T49 Gene Sauers E 73 71 144
T49 Steve Flesch E 72 72 144
T49 Olin Browne E 71 73 144
T49 Robert Allenby E 71 73 144
T49 Rob Labritz E 69 75 144
T56 Tom Gillis 1 74 71 145
T56 Tom Pernice Jr. 1 73 72 145
T56 Ricardo Gonzalez 1 72 73 145
T56 John Senden 1 72 73 145
T56 Marco Dawson 1 69 76 145
T61 Ken Tanigawa 2 73 73 146
T61 Tom Byrum 2 73 73 146
T61 Roger Rowland 2 71 75 146
T61 Mike Weir 2 70 76 146
T65 Tim Petrovic 3 74 73 147
T65 Carlos Franco 3 74 73 147
T65 Andrew Johnson 3 72 75 147
T65 Chris DiMarco 3 72 75 147
T69 David Duval 4 77 71 148
T69 Harry Rudolph 4 77 71 148
T69 Michael Allen 4 74 74 148
T69 Mark O’Meara 4 73 75 148
T69 Tim Herron 4 72 76 148
T74 Billy Mayfair 5 76 73 149
T74 Steve Jones 5 74 75 149
T74 Joey Sindelar 5 73 76 149
77 Y.E. Yang 6 74 76 150
78 Larry Mize 7 73 78 151