Calcavecchia & Short, Jr. Share 1st Rd. Lead
May 30, 2014
- Mark Calcavecchia and Wes Short, Jr. are tied for the lead heading into the second round. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
Mark Calcavecchia (66/-6)
He fired a 6-under 66 which is his best opening round of 2014 and just his second sub-par opening round of the campaign. He had a 3-under 69 at the recent Regions Tradition.
He ranks 63rd in 1st round scoring average (73.13) on the Champions Tour, but 5th in final-round scoring average (68.50).
Finished solo second two weeks ago at the Regions Tradition.
Has posted three top-10 finishes in this tournament in as many starts. Was T3 a year ago, T10 in 2012 and fifth in 2011.
He led all players in greens in regulation in the opening round, hitting 17 of 18 (94.4%).
Is seeking first victory on the Champions Tour since 2012 Montreal Championship.
Wes Short, Jr. (66/-6)
The 6-under 66 was his best opening round since a 7-under 65 in his first event of the year at the Allianz Championship where he would eventually finish T10. It has been his best showing of his rookie campaign.
Was the medalist by five strokes at last year’s Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament in Scottsdale.
Won the 2005 Michelin Championship at Las Vegas on the PGA TOUR.
Troubled by lingering back problems from 2010-12 and played in just four Web.com Tour events during that time and all were late in 2012.
The only time in his Tour career he has led or shared a first-round lead was at the Web.com Tour’s Samsung Canadian PGA Championship where he was tied with four others.
Mark Calcavecchia and Wes Short Jr. share the lead at Principal Charity
With Mark Calcavecchia and West Short, Jr., tied for the lead at 6-under 66, it marks the sixth time in the 14-year history of the event that there has been a tie for the opening-round lead. A year ago, four players shared the lead at 3-under 69 at the Wakonda Club and this year 21 players shot 69 or better.
The good play continues for Jay Haas. A three-time champion in this event, Haas opened with a 3-under 69 and is currently T14. So far in 2014, 27 of his 30 rounds have been below par and 19 have been in the 60s.
Bob Gilder and Gil Morgan are the only players in this year’s field who has competed in every Principal Charity Classic. Gilder is a two-time winner of the event, claiming his first title in 2002, and winning a second title nine years later. Morgan won the 2006 championship and was second in the inaugural event in 2001. Bobby Clampett’s 5-under 67 was his low round in 2014 and just his second sub-par opening round in seven starts this year. He had a 2-under 70 in the first round at the ACE Group Classic in March. Clampett had the fewest putts in the first round – 23.
In the 13-year history of the Principal Charity Classic, just three first-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win. In each case, the player carded a 6-under 65 on Friday – D.A. Weibring (2004), Tom Jenkins (2005) and Jay Haas (2007).
Mark Calcavecchia, Steve Lowery, Doug Garwood, Kirk Triplett and Jeff Sluman all posted bogey-free rounds on Friday.
A year after making his Champions Tour debut at the Principal Charity Classic where he finished T7 as an open qualifier, Doug Garwood is enjoying another successful visit to the Wakonda Club. He opened with a 4-under 68 and is currently T6.
The field averaged 71.457 for the day, more than two strokes lower than a year ago (73.469). Just four players finished with rounds in the 60s in 2013. However, that number rose to 21 this year. A total of 47 players finished below par this year compared to 25 last year.
The most difficult hole was No. 14 with an average score of 3.296 (+.296). The easiest was No. 8 with an average score of 4.556 (-.444).