Now he finds himself in contention at a major.
Mauney got into the Senior Players Championship after Gary McCord withdrew following the death of his father. Mauney followed an opening 69 with a 68 Friday and was at 7-under 137, tied for third, three shots behind leader Tom Watson.
'This is what I wanted to do -- I didn't want to get into the field just to hack it around,' he said. 'I thought before the first round that a score of 10- or 11-under would have me in contention at the end of Sunday, and I still feel that way.'
McCord's circumstance weighed on Mauney's mind.
'Obviously, that's not how I wanted to get in -- my prayers are certainly with Gary and his dad,' he said. 'But now that I am here, I'm going to try to take advantage of it. I've had a tough year, and this is a great chance to turn that around.'
Allen Doyle, the 2001 champion, was in contention until a quintuple-bogey 9 on No. 14. That dropped him to even par for the tournament and he eventually finished with a 76 and was at 2-under for 36 holes.
'You see that happen to other guys, but it has never happened to me before,' he said. 'As a matter of fact, I don't even think I've ever had a 9 before. If I have, I don't remember it.'
Doyle missed the green of the par-4 well right with his second shot, ending up behind a tree. His third shot also ended up in the trees. He finally got on the green with his fifth before four-putting.
'The wind was really bouncing me around at that point,' he said. 'I figure I have two choices -- I can forget about it or go crazy. I think that's a pretty easy choice.'
Defending champion Stewart Ginn shot a 2-under 70 after a first-round 73, and was much happier with his play.
'I feel like I'm back in the tournament again,' he said. 'I've got a way to go, but I'm in better shape that I was yesterday.'
Ginn was stunned at Tom Watson's 8-under 64 in the blustery conditions.
'What Tom did today was amazing,' he said. 'I have no idea what course he was playing, but I can't imagine it was this one.'
Jim Ahern had more problems with the wind than most of the field -- blowing up from a first-round 69 to an 80 on Friday. Ahern was 6-over on the front nine, including a 7 on the par-3 8th. He birdied the hole on Thursday. ... Howard Twitty, who shot a 10-over 82 in the first round, improved to a 74 on Friday, but is still 22 shots behind the leader. ... Nine players shot 80 or worse in the second round after just two did on Thursday. Jay Overton's 80-83 has him in last place at 19-over 163.
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