Notebook: Round 1, AT&T ChampionshipOctober 25, 2013
By Dave Senko, Champions Tour staff
Weather: A mix of sun and clouds with highs in the low-80s and winds from the SSE at 5-10 mph.
Current leaderboard: 1. Kenny Perry 65/-7; 2. Tom Pernice, Jr. 66/-6; T3. Anders Forsbrand 67/-5, Bernhard Langer 67/-5; T5. Bob Tway 68/-4, Russ Cochran 68/-4, Colin Montgomerie 68/-4
Kenny Perry birdied five of his first six holes and went on to post a 7-under 65 to grab the first-round lead by one stroke over Tom Pernice Jr. Bernhard Langer and Anders Forsbrand share third place, two behind Perry. The current Charles Schwab Cup points leader credited his solid putting, with the only blemish in his round coming on the fourth hole when his tee shot on the par 3 went into the water. Perry birdied all four par 5s during his round.
-- As players battle for the final spots in next week’s Charles Schwab Cup Championship, here is where the players currently Nos. 25-35 on the money list stand after the first round.
2013 Earnings/Pos. After Rd. 1
-- Sweden’s Anders Forsbrand continues his strong play. After posting back-to-back top-10 finishes in the two previous events in North Carolina, he shot a 5-under 67 and is T3 along with Bernhard Langer. Six of his last seven rounds have been in the 60s.
-- This is just the second time Perry has owned the first-round lead in a Champions Tour event. The other time was at this year’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Open where he eventually finished T7.
-- A total of 28 of the current top 30 players on the money list are competing in this event. The only players missing are Mark Wiebe and Tom Lehman.
-- In the 28-year history of the AT&T Championship, first-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win this event only three times. They were Jim Albus (1994), Fred Funk (2006) and Fred Couples (2011).
-- Two players made their Champions Tour debut on Friday. Scott Dunlap, a veteran of the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour, opened with a 3-under 69 (T8), while Jose Coceres, a two-time winner on the PGA TOUR, shot a 1-over 73 (T44).
-- Rod Spittle, the 2010 champion, is making a bid for a berth in the top 30 and a trip to next week’s Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Spittle is currently 32nd on the money list and $17,326 shy of the current 30th position held by John Riegger. Spittle fired a 3-under 69 and is currently T9.
-- Loren Roberts made an ace on No. 13 on Friday, using a 6-iron on the 174-yard hole. It was his 10th hole-in-one of his competitive career and the eighth on Tour this season.
-- Roberts’ ace was the 12th in tournament history and the first here at the TPC San Antonio. The last hole-in-one in the AT&T Championship came in 2009 by Mike McCullough at Oak Hills CC.
-- A total of 35 players posted sub-par rounds on Friday and the field averaged 72.231 for the round.
-- Defending champion David Frost opened with a 5-over-par 77 and is T70.
-- Tom Pernice Jr., Scott Dunlap, and Esteban Toledo all had bogey-free rounds.
-- The most difficult hole on Friday was No. 9 with an average score of 4.395 (+.395), while No. 12 was the easiest at 4.519 (-.481). There were four eagles and 37 birdies. No. 9 was the most difficult to birdie with just two. Those two birdies were made by Spittle and Olin Browne.
-- The forecast for Saturday is for mostly cloudy weather with patchy drizzle early in the day with a few scattered showers and perhaps a thunderstorm in the afternoon. Highs are expected to be near 80.