Notebook, Round 1: Dick's Sporting Goods Open

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June 25, 2010
Phil Stambaugh, PGA TOUR staff

Weather: Partly cloudy with highs in the mid-80s and winds from the NW at 5-15 mph.

• Local favorite Wayne Levi's bogey-free 7-under 65 was his best round on the Champions Tour since he shot 65 in Round 1 of the 2007 AT&T Championship in San Antonio. Thus far in 2010, Levi's best individual finish in a Champions Tour event is a T22 at the Allianz Championship. On the PGA TOUR, Levi won the 1984 B.C. Open at En-Joie Golf Course, one of 12 career victories.

• Until today, Levi had not led or been tied for the first-round lead at a Champions Tour event since the 2006 JELD-WEN Tradition when he shared the top spot after Round 1. He went on to finish T54 at that 72-hole event in Oregon. The last time Levi was in sole possession of the lead after Round 1 was at the 2005 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn and he eventually finished T21 in North Carolina that year.

• First-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win just three of the first 11 Champions Tour events this year -- Tom Watson (Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai), Fred Couples (ACE Group Classic), Mark O'Meara/Nick Price (Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf). In the previous three Champions Tour events held here at En-Joie Golf Course, no first-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win.

Mark Calcavecchia shot 5-under 67 in his Champions Tour debut today and is in a T4 after Round 1. On the PGA TOUR, Calcavecchia played in the B.C. Open six times and his best finish was a T11 in 1982. Calcavecchia turned 50 on June 12. He's bidding to become the 16th player in Champions Tour history, and first since Tom Pernice, Jr. (2009 SAS Championship), to win his debut on the circuit.

Jeff Sluman's streak of 49 straight starts on the Champions Tour was snapped when he had to withdraw this week due to a family commitment. Sluman had played in every event since missing the 2008 Dick's Sporting Goods Open due to travel complications. Mark Wiebe now has the longest streak of consecutive appearances, making his 38th straight start on the Champions Tour today.

Bob Gilder made his 156th consecutive start on the Champions Tour for which he's been eligible.

• There were just five eagles made today, five fewer than in Round 1 of last year's Dick's Sporting Goods Open. James Mason eagled both the par-5 3rd and 5th holes, becoming the ninth player this year to make a pair of eagles in a round.

• Defending champion Lonnie Nielsen opened with five-under 67 today, his ninth consecutive round under par at this event and fifth straight score in the 60s at En-Joie Golf Course.

• Canadian Dave Barr was the last player into the 78-man field, getting into the tournament yesterday afternoon after Bobby Wadkins withdrew with a sore hip. Before today, Barr's last appearance on the Champions Tour was at the 2007 U.S. Senior Open Championship at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. The British Columbia resident, a two-time winner on the PGA TOUR, also claimed the 2003 Royal Caribbean Classic on the Champions Tour, shooting 1-over 73.

• The field averaged 71.372 for the opening round of this year's event. Last year's first-round scoring average was 70.641. There were 25 rounds in the 60s today compared to 28 sub-70 scores in Round 1 last year. A total of 37 players broke par in Round 1 compared to 49 professionals under par in Round 1 last year.

• The most difficult hole in Round 1 was the par-4 13th (4.333), yielding just three birdies (Lonnie Nielsen, Eduardo Romero, D.A. Weibring). The easiest hole was the par-5 12th (4.551), yielding one eagle and 39 birdies.

Dan Forsman, Levi, Calcavecchia, Peter Senior, Russ Cochran, Morris Hatalsky, Loren Roberts and Gary Koch had bogey-free rounds today. Jay Haas had the fewest putts (22). Senior hit 17 of 18 greens (94.44%). Peter Jacobsen hit 13 of 14 fairways (92.86%). Keith Fergus led the field in Driving Distance (314.5).

• Champions Tour players are wearing a sticker with the number "30" inside a circle on their hats and shirts this week to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the circuit this week. On June 22, 1980, Don January won the first-ever official Champions Tour event, the Atlantic City International, defeating Mike Souchak by two strokes.

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