Notebook: Round 1, Liberty Mutual Legends of GolfApril 23, 2010
PGA TOUR staff
Weather: Sunny and warm with highs in the mid-80s. Winds were from the SSW at 5-15 mph.
• Legends Leaderboard:
Position Team(s) Score T1 John Cook/Joey Sindelar, Mark O'Meara/Nick Price -10 T3 Jay Haas/Fred Couples, Bob Tway/Blaine McCallister, Lonnie Nielsen/Brad Bryant -9 T6 Senior/Lyle, Watson/North, Stadler/Sluman, Frost/Forsman -8
• Raphael Leaderboard:
Position Team(s) Score 1 Lietzke/Rogers -8 2 Gary Koch/Roger Maltbie -5 T3 Bland/Marsh, Grady/McCumber, Jacklin/Laoretti, Dent/Albus -4
• Nearly a year after surviving a fatal accident on his return from the Triton Financial Classic that claimed the lives of his brother, girlfriend and dog, and also resulted in amputation of his lower-right leg, Ken Green returned to action on Friday. Teaming with partner Mike Reid, Green and Reid are currently T17 after opening with a 5-under 67.
• Andy North and Tom Watson, the 2008 champions, opened with an 8-under-par 64 and are currently T5. The pair extended their streak of consecutive holes without a bogey to 234. Since teaming up in 2006, the pair has played 13 consecutive bogey-free rounds. During this span, Watson and North are a combined 115 under after 13 rounds in the tournament.
• The teams of Sandy Lyle and Peter Senior and John Cook and Joey Sindelar each had 10 birdies on Friday to lead all teams in that category. Senior was a replacement on his team for Ian Woosnam, who was slated to compete with Lyle, but had to withdraw after being unable to get a flight from his home in Jersey in the U.K. due to the volcano activity. It was a similar story for Des Smyth, who was scheduled to team with Mark James. Smyth was grounded at his home in Ireland and his spot was taken by Olin Browne.
• Co-leaders John Cook and Joey Sindelar had the day's best birdie streak. They made five straight on Nos. 11-15 and the pair had eight birdies in a nine-hole stretch from Nos. 7-15. The only par was at No. 10 in that stretch. Perhaps this will be the year for the former Ohio State teammates. They finished T4 in 2008 and T3 a year ago.
• Hole No. 18 was the most difficult to birdie. Only two teams birdied the hole -- Lonnie Nielsen/Brad Bryant and John Cook/Joey Sindelar. Hole No. 11 was the easiest. Of the 33 teams in the Legends Division, 23 made birdies and the other 10 made pars.
• In the Raphael Division, the teams of Bruce Lietzke and Bill Rogers hold a three-stroke margin over defending champions Gary Koch and Roger Maltbie. The 36-hole affair concludes on Saturday. Lietzke and Rogers teamed up to win that division in 2002.
• Bob Gilder made his 151st consecutive start for events he has been eligible for on Friday.