Notebook: Round 1, AT&T Championship

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October 23, 2009
Doug Milne, PGA TOUR Staff

Keith Clearwater and Russ Cochran share the first-round lead at 5-under-par 66. It has been several years since Clearwater was in this position after the first round. The last time he led/shared lead was in 1993 when he was T1 at the Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic, while Clearwater shared the first-round lead earlier this year at the SAS Championship. Prior to that, the last time he led after Round 1 was at the 1999 Southern Farm Bureau Classic.

Name Position/Money Score Position after Rd. 1
Mark James 30th/$489,150 74 T60
Tim Simpson 31st/$481,487 68 T7
Hal Sutton 32nd/$443,982 DNP Injured
Fulton Allem 33rd/$425,783 70 T23
Craig Stadler 34th/$422,012 68 T7

• In the final run to next week's Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Sonoma, CA, here is a rundown on how players 30-34 on the money list stand after the opening round:

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• Hole No. 7 was the most difficult with an average score of 4.299 (+.299) and only three players made birdie on the hole -- Tim Simpson, Scott Simpson and Kirk Hanefeld. The easiest hole was No. 15 at 4.597 (-.403).

• The field averaged 71.403 for the day with 22 rounds in the 60s and 31 rounds under par. A year ago the field averaged 70.705.

• Defending champion John Cook shot a 3-under-par 68 and is T7.

Name 2009 Schwab Cup Points Points Behind Score/Position
Loren Roberts 2,458 ------ 71/T32
Fred Funk 2,293 165 74/T60
Bernhard Langer 2,056 402 70/T23
Jay Haas 1,731 727 68/T7
John Cook 1,385 1,073 68/T7

• Five players remain in the hunt for the Charles Schwab Cup title. With 255 points available this week, here is where those players stand after the opening round:

• Two former Texas Longhorns are among the leaders. Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw each fired 4-under-par 67s and are currently T3. Kite is trying to end a 0-125 streak in his home state.

David Eger was the only player in the 77-man field to play bogey free golf.

• R.W. Eaks was forced to withdraw during his round due to back problems.

• Crenshaw birdied three of four par-3 holes on Friday.

Bob Gilder made his 145th consecutive appearance in events he's been eligible for on Friday.

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