Round 1 Notebook: Toshiba Classic

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March 11, 2011
Dave Senko, PGA TOUR Staff

Weather: Mostly sunny and pleasant with highs in the low-mid-60s. Winds were from the SW at 10-15 mph.

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Nick Price matched the Champions Tour 18-hole scoring record on Friday, posting an 11-under-par 60 in the opening round. Isao Aoki set the mark in 1997 at the Emerald Coast Classic and it was later matched by five others prior to today, including Tom Purtzer at this event in 2004.

• Price's 60 was his low round as a professional. He posted a trio of 62s on the PGA TOUR and twice recorded 63s on the Champions Tour, most recently at the 2010 Boeing Classic.

• Price's five-stroke margin tied the largest 18-hole lead in Champions Tour history. Lee Elder established the mark in 1985 at the Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest Commemorative Pro-Am. Bob Charles (1988 PGA Seniors Championship), Bob Murphy (1996 Cadillac NFL Golf Classic), Walter Morgan (1996 Ameritech Senior Open) and Allen Doyle (2000 IR Senior Tour Championship) all held a similar margin after the first round. The Toshiba Classic record was four strokes by Tom Purtzer in 2004.

• Price's 7-under-par 29 on the back nine matched the tournament mark by Tom Purtzer (2004)

• Both Price and Brad Bryant had a pair of eagles on Friday.

Lee Trevino bettered his age for the first time in his career when he fired a 1-under-par 70 on Friday. The 71-year-old Trevino had matched his age back in 2006 when he shot a second-round 66 at the AT&T Championship in San Antonio.

Bernhard Langer, the winner of the Champions Tour's most recent event (The ACE Group Classic), had a nice turnaround from a couple of blemishes on his scorecard. After opening with three straight birdies, Langer made a double bogey at No. 4 and a bogey at No. 6 to fall back to even-par after six holes. However, from that point on, he made six birdies over his final 12 holes to shoot a 6-under-par 65.

John Cook was forced to withdraw prior to the start of his round with tightness in his lower back. It was especially disappointing for Cook, who lives part of the year in nearby Corona del Mar.

• Defending champion Fred Couples opened with a 5-under-par 66 and is T6.

• A total of 53 players finished with rounds under par. As a point of comparison, there were just 36 a year ago. The field averaged 69.975 on Friday, a full stroke better than last year's opening-round average (70.975).

• Ian Baker-Finch made his Champions Tour debut and shot a 3-over-par 74. P.H. Horgan also made his first start and shot a 1-under-par 70.

• Price, Mark O'Meara, Bob Gilder, Loren Roberts and Russ Cochran all posted bogey-free rounds on Friday.

Fuzzy Zoeller one-putted 12 of 18 greens and led all players with the most one-putts. He and Nick Price had just 24 putts in the round, the fewest by all 81 competitors.

Bob Gilder made his 172nd consecutive start in events he's been eligible for on Friday.

Dave Stockton, who fell just one stroke shy of matching his age with a 1-under-par 70, made his 17th appearance in this event, making him the only player to have competed in every Toshiba Classic.

• Hole No. 5 was the most difficult to make birdie and only three players were able to do so on Friday. It ranked as the most difficult hole with an average score of 4.235 (+.235), while No. 15 was the easiest at 4.469 (.-531). That hole yielded three eagles and 39 birdies.

• The front nine was the more difficult of the two nines on Friday. Four of the nine holes were among the five most difficult holes. No. 5 (1st), No. 9 (2nd), No. 6 (4th) and No. 4 (5th) were among the most difficult.

• Langer, Jeff Sluman and Tom Pernice, Jr., all posted their 19th consecutive rounds par or better dating back to last year.

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