Notebook: Round 1, Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf

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April 23, 2010
PGA TOUR staff

Weather: Sunny and warm with highs in the mid-80s. Winds were from the SSW at 5-15 mph.

• Legends Leaderboard:

Position Team(s) Score
T1 John Cook/Joey Sindelar, Mark O'Meara/Nick Price -10
T3 Jay Haas/Fred Couples, Bob Tway/Blaine McCallister, Lonnie Nielsen/Brad Bryant -9
T6 Senior/Lyle, Watson/North, Stadler/Sluman, Frost/Forsman -8

• Raphael Leaderboard:

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Position Team(s) Score
1 Lietzke/Rogers -8
2 Gary Koch/Roger Maltbie -5
T3 Bland/Marsh, Grady/McCumber, Jacklin/Laoretti, Dent/Albus -4

• Nearly a year after surviving a fatal accident on his return from the Triton Financial Classic that claimed the lives of his brother, girlfriend and dog, and also resulted in amputation of his lower-right leg, Ken Green returned to action on Friday. Teaming with partner Mike Reid, Green and Reid are currently T17 after opening with a 5-under 67.

Andy North and Tom Watson, the 2008 champions, opened with an 8-under-par 64 and are currently T5. The pair extended their streak of consecutive holes without a bogey to 234. Since teaming up in 2006, the pair has played 13 consecutive bogey-free rounds. During this span, Watson and North are a combined 115 under after 13 rounds in the tournament.

• The teams of Sandy Lyle and Peter Senior and John Cook and Joey Sindelar each had 10 birdies on Friday to lead all teams in that category. Senior was a replacement on his team for Ian Woosnam, who was slated to compete with Lyle, but had to withdraw after being unable to get a flight from his home in Jersey in the U.K. due to the volcano activity. It was a similar story for Des Smyth, who was scheduled to team with Mark James. Smyth was grounded at his home in Ireland and his spot was taken by Olin Browne.

• Co-leaders John Cook and Joey Sindelar had the day's best birdie streak. They made five straight on Nos. 11-15 and the pair had eight birdies in a nine-hole stretch from Nos. 7-15. The only par was at No. 10 in that stretch. Perhaps this will be the year for the former Ohio State teammates. They finished T4 in 2008 and T3 a year ago.

• Hole No. 18 was the most difficult to birdie. Only two teams birdied the hole -- Lonnie Nielsen/Brad Bryant and John Cook/Joey Sindelar. Hole No. 11 was the easiest. Of the 33 teams in the Legends Division, 23 made birdies and the other 10 made pars.

• The team of Fred Couples and Jay Haas was the only one to birdie all four par-5 holes.

Lonnie Nielsen and Brad Bryant had seven birdies on nine of the par-4 holes, the most by any team.

• Defending champions Tom Lehman and Bernhard Langer shot a 5-under-par 67 and are T17.

• In the Raphael Division, the teams of Bruce Lietzke and Bill Rogers hold a three-stroke margin over defending champions Gary Koch and Roger Maltbie. The 36-hole affair concludes on Saturday. Lietzke and Rogers teamed up to win that division in 2002.

Bob Gilder made his 151st consecutive start for events he has been eligible for on Friday.

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