Notebook: Boeing Classic, Round 1August 23, 2013
By Champions Tour staff
-- Five days after becoming the Champions Tour’s 1,000th winner at the Dick’s Sporting Good Open, Bart Bryant showed no let up as he fashioned a 6-under-par 66 in the opening round of the Boeing Classic to lead by one stroke at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Bryant’s round included eight birdies and a pair of bogeys. Duffy Waldorf, who made his Champions Tour debut here a year ago, is currently T2 along with Bobby Clampett they fired 5-under-par 67s.
-- Six of the last seven rounds posted by Bart Bryant have been in the 60s.
-- Bart Bryant was one of three players who finished the day with 25 putts, the low for the day. He was joined by Andrew Magee and Kenny Perry.
-- Defending champion Jay Don Blake shot an opening-round 72 and is currently T34.
-- Olin Browne made his first start in a Champions Tour event since playing part of one round at the Greater Gwinnett Championship in April. He has been sidelined since that time with a back issue (T9 fracture).
-- Bernhard Langer, the 2010 champion here, saw his streak of consecutive holes without a bogey end at 50 when he made a bogey on No. 11.
-- Langer matched the best front-9 score in tournament history when he shot a 5-under-par 31. He is the 16th player to do so. Scott Simpson did it twice, first in 2006 and again a year later.
-- No first-round leader has ever gone on to win this event in the previous eight years.
-- Seattle native Fred Couples opened with a 3-under-par 69 and is one of four players tied for seventh place. Another Seattle native, Rick Fehr, shot a 77 and is T75. Kirk Triplett, who grew up across the state in Pullman, is T4 after a 4-under-par 68, the same score he opened with a year ago.
-- Mark Calcavecchia, the 2011 Boeing Classic champion, withdrew after 12 holes with a back problem.
-- Just one player posted a bogey-free round on Friday – Bobby Clampett.
-- Today’s first-round scoring average was 72.238 (+.238); a slight drop from last year’s opening-round average of 72.291.
-- For the second consecutive year, No. 17 was the most difficult hole in the first round with an average score of 3.475. Surprisingly, none of the 80 players in the field made a birdie. There were 26 bogeys and six doubles on the par-3 hole which measured 205 yards on Friday. A year ago there were nine birdies, 36 pars, 27 bogeys, four double bogeys and three others on Friday. While No. 17 was the hardest, No. 1 was the easiest with an average score of 4.675 (-.325). There were three eagles and 24 birdies.
-- Oregon native Peter Jacobsen, who was making his first start in this event since 2005, shot a 2-under-par 70. He is T11.
-- A total of 33 players finished under par on Friday with 10 rounds in the 60s.