Round 1 Notebook: Boeing Classic

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August 27, 2010
Dave Senko, PGA TOUR staff

Weather: A mix of sun and clouds with highs in the mid-60s. Winds were from WNW at 5-15 mph.

• Current Leaderboard: 1 -- Nick Price (63/-9); 2 -- Tom Pernice, Jr. (64/-8); T3 -- Hal Sutton, Bernhard Langer (66/-6); T5 -- Mark Wiebe, Gil Morgan (67/-5).

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Nick Price's 9-under-par 63 matched the best first-round score in tournament history set in 2006 by Massy Kuramoto. Price's round included 10 birdies and one bogey and he one-putted 12 of 18 holes. At last week's JELD-WEN Tradition, Price had just 11 birdies in four rounds.

• Price's opening-round 63 overshadowed a nice effort by Tom Pernice, Jr. Making his first start on the Champions Tour since April's Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am (he has been competing on the PGA TOUR); Pernice shot an 8-under-par 64, his career low round on the Champions Tour.

Bernhard Langer celebrated his 53rdbirthday on Friday and posted a 6-under-par 66. It was his fourth straight round in the 60s at this event and also the fifth straight this year in the area. He shot four straight rounds in the 60s at the U.S. Senior Open at Sahalee last month. Langer led all players with 13 one-putts and had just 23 putts, sharing honors for the day's fewest putts with Hal Sutton.

Olin Browne extended his streak of consecutive holes without a three-putt to 204 on Friday. Chien-soon Lu had started the day with a streak of 155 and extended that to 169, before he four-putted No. 15. It was nearly the same story for Jay Haas. He had a streak of 154 in succession and pushed that to 165 before a three-putt at No. 12.

Hal Sutton followed his final-round 63 a year ago with a 6-under-par 66 and in the process ran his streak of consecutive holes at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge without a bogey to 46 straight holes.

Andy Bean withdrew during the first round due to a family matter.

• Tom Pernice, Jr., made two eagles in the first round. It marked the 14th time it has happened this year on the Champions Tour.

• Defending champion Loren Roberts shot a 4-under-par 68 and is currently T7.

• A total of 16 players in the 77-man field posted rounds in the 60s and 38 finished under par. The field averaged 71.831 compared to 72.603 in 2009.

Bob Gilder made his 162nd consecutive start for events he has been eligible for on Friday. That is the longest current streak in that category.

• The most difficult hole was No. 4 with a scoring average of 4.286 (+.286), while No. 1 was the easiest at 4.481 (-.519). No. 1 yielded two eagles and 36 birdies and there were no bogeys in the round.

• Pernice, Jr., Hal Sutton and Fred Funk were the only players to post bogey-free rounds on Friday.

• Gil Morgan's 5-under-par 67 was his best round since a final-round 67 at the Regions Charity Classic in May. Morgan has now posted seven sub-par rounds in his last eight starts after battling neck problems for part of the summer which sidelined him for nearly two months.

• No first-round leader has even gone on to win this event in the five-year history of the tournament. So far in 2010, a total of four first-round leaders/co-leaders has gone on to win.

John Cook's 1-under-par 71 extended his string of consecutive sub-par rounds in this event to six.

Jerry Pate rebounded from a 4-over-par 40 on his first nine holes to shoot a 5-under-par 31 on his second nine. Among the seven eagles in Round One, Pate had the lone eagle on a par-4, making a two on No. 7.

• Seattle native Fred Couples opened with a 4-under-par 68 and is T7, five strokes behind Nick Price.

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