Notes: Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf, Rd. 1
June 06, 2014
- Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player shot a 1-over 55 on the par-3 Top of the Rock course on Friday. (Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
RIDGEDALE, Mo. -- It was the same Friday result for Jeff Sluman at the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf presented by Bass Pro Shops, only with a different partner, as Sluman teamed with Fred Funk this year to shoot 10-under 61 and they share the first-round lead with Russ Cochran/Kenny Perry.
Sluman teamed with Brad Faxon last year and they held the first-round lead in Savannah before eventually capturing the Legends event. Faxon had a prior family commitment this year and was unable to defend his title with Sluman. The duo of Sluman and Funk made 10 birdies, the most at the Buffalo Ridge, with five birdies made with putts of longer than 20 feet in the better-ball format. Sluman capped the round with a 20-footer on the par-5 18th to close out the round. In addition, both players each holed a 40-footer for birdie and a 30-footer for birdie.
Russ Cochran and Kenny Perry matched the Sluman-Funk team with a 10-under 61, making birdie on each of the last three holes at Buffalo Ridge. The Kentucky natives got off to a fast start in the better-ball format with birdies on four of the first five holes. Last year, Cochran was unable to play with Perry as a result of being disqualified for missing his Wednesday pro-am time. Perry was a runner-up in this event in 2011 when he and partner Scott Hoch lost out in a playoff to David Eger/Mark McNulty.
Jay Haas and his partner, Peter Jacobsen, started slowly but finished with a flurry, shooting 9-under 62 on the Buffalo Ridge. After six straight pars to start, Haas/Jacobsen made nine birdies over their last 12 holes. Haas won this event twice when it was played with an individual stroke-play format, claiming the title in 2006-2007.
Bruce Fleisher and Larry Nelson birdied half the holes at Buffalo Ridge and their 9-under 62 score leads the Legends Division by four strokes after Round 1. Jim Colbert and Jim Thorpe teamed for a 5-under 66 at Buffalo Ridge and hold second place.
The teams of Jack Nicklaus/Gary Player, Mike Hill/Lee Trevino and John Bland/Graham Marsh shared the best score among the Legends Division at the Top of the Rock course, posting a 1-over par 55 in the alternate-shot/better ball format on the Ben Crenshaw’s chip-in birdie at the 3rd hole in the alternate-shot portion of the round was the first birdie made at Top of the Rock. The team of Billy Andrade/Tommy Armour III made the first birdie at Buffalo Ridge on the first hole of the Springs course, playing better-ball.
In the history of the event, nine teams have gone wire-to-wire to win. The most recent to do so was the team of Andy North/Tom Watson in 2008. North also went wire-to-wire with Jim Colbert in 2000 and 2001.
Several newcomers to the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf got off to good starts in the debuts in this event today. Billy Andrade teamed with veteran Tommy Armour III and the duo carded a better-ball score of 9-under 62 at Buffalo Ridge. Steve Lowery, also played for the first time in the event with good friend Mark Calcavecchia and the duo shot 6-under 65 in the better-ball format at Buffalo Ridge. World Golf Hall of Fame member Nick Faldo made his first appearance in the event, teaming with Argentina’s Eduardo Romero. The duo equaled the low score at the par-3 Top of the Rock course, shooting 5-under 49 playing nine holes of alternate shot and nine holes of better ball.
There were no birdies made at the 4th hole at the Top of the Rock course and only one birdie was made at the 12th hole (Sandy Lyle/Dennis Watson).