Round 1 Notes: Constellation Energy Senior PlayersOctober 07, 2010
Maureen Radzavicz, PGA TOUR Staff
Weather: Mostly sunny and breezy with highs in the low-70s. Winds were from the W at 10-15 mph with gusts to 25 mph. Lift, clean and place rules were in effect.
• Current Leaderboard: 1 -- Tom Kite (67/-3); T2 -- Michael Allen, Mark O'Meara & Joe Ozaki (68/-2); T5 -- Jeff Sluman, Eduardo Romero, Russ Cochran, Loren Roberts, Trevor Dodds & David Peoples (70/E).
• Only four players finished with rounds under par on Thursday. It was the fewest players under par in a round since only one player did so at the 2008 Senior British Open.
• The field averaged 73.470 (+3.470), the highest first-round average in this event since 2001 when the average score was 74.273 (+2.273). That was when the event was held at TPC Michigan in Dearborn. The first-round average on Thursday was also the highest score over par since the second round at this year's Senior PGA Championship (75.987/+3.987). However, that field included 155 players in the first two rounds.
• Only one of 18 holes did not have an average score over par and that was No. 9, a par-3 which averaged an even 3.000. The most difficult hole was No. 4 with an average score of 4.519 (+.519) followed by No. 1 at 4.416 (+.416). The toughest to birdie was No. 16. Only two players made birdies -- Brad Bryant and Jim Rutledge.
• Due to conditions on Thursday, the course was played at a length of 6,849 yards.
• This marks the first time Tom Kite has held sole possession of the lead in a Champions Tour event since the 2008 Bank of America Championship. He eventually finished T20.
• None of the 77 players in the field finished their rounds without a bogey. Tom Kite, Loren Roberts and David Peoples all had one bogey. Trevor Dodds had the most birdies in the event but he also had six bogeys to go along with six pars. He is currently T5. Dodds had the fewest putts in Round One -- 24.
• Bernhard Langer, who leads both the Charles Schwab Cup as well as the money race, opened with a 1-over-par 71 and is T11.
• Hal Sutton withdrew after nine holes due to illness.
• Keith Clearwater had the day's lone eagle at No. 15.
• Bob Gilder made his 167th consecutive start for events he's been eligible for on Friday. The last time Gilder missed a tournament for which he was eligible was at the 2004 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn. Mark Wiebe made his 49th consecutive start which leads the Champions Tour in that category.