Rd. 1 Notes: Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic

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April 01, 2011
Dave Senko, PGA TOUR Staff

Weather: Mostly sunny and pleasant with highs in the low-mid-70s. Winds were from the W/SW at 5-15 mph.

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Jeff Sluman matched the course and tournament scoring record with his 6-under-par 66 on Friday. Kyle Ramey, a former Southern Mississippi golfer, set the mark in 2009 during a non-competitive round. A year ago, David Frost and Gary Hallberg matched the record in the inaugural Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. Both did so in the second round.

• One of the highlights of Sluman's bogey-free round was an eagle on the par-4, 4th hole. After hitting his tee shot, Sluman drained a 9-iron from 154 yards for the eagle.

• Sluman was one of five players to post a bogey-free round on Friday. He was joined by Tom Lehman, Bobby Clampett, Steve Lowery and "rookie" Mark Brooks.

• Tom Pernice Jr. and Sluman extended their streaks for par/better rounds to 22 dating to last year.

• Tour newcomers Mark Brooks and Jim Gallagher Jr., made their debuts on the Champions Tour. Brooks fashioned a 2-under-par 70 and Gallagher finished with an even-par 72.

• Lehman and Mark O'Meara posted their 10th consecutive round in the 60s this season on the Champions Tour. Lehman shot a 5-under-par 67, while O'Meara finished with a 3-under-par 69.

• Defending champion David Eger opened with a 3-over-par 75 and is T57.

• Hole Nos. 3 and 16 were the most difficult to make a birdie on Friday. Each yielded just two birdies for the day. Tom Purtzer and Bobby Clampett had the birdies on No. 3 and David Frost and Jay Don Blake made the birdies on No. 16.

• The field averaged 72.456 (+.456) for the day, the highest average for a round on the Champions Tour this year. A year ago, the field averaged 72.390 in the opening round. There were 12 rounds in the 60s this year compared to nine in the first round in 2010 and 37 players finished under par this year, five more than last year.

• The final three holes at Fallen Oak are among the most difficult on the Champions Tour. They ranked 1st, 4th and 3rdin difficulty on Friday and there were just 13 birdies in the three-hole stretch. There were also 67 bogeys, 12 doubles and two triples.

• Price continued his strong play. The winner of the Champions Tour's most recent event in California (Toshiba Classic), Price opened with a 4-under-par 68. In addition to his win, Price also has a T3 finish to his credit at The ACE Group Classic.

Bob Gilder made his 173rd consecutive start in events he's been eligible for on Friday.

• Jim Gallagher Jr., had the day's longest measured drive -- 325 yards on No. 15.

• Champions Tour veteran Vicente Fernandez made his first start since last July. He had been sidelined for the last several months after undergoing hip surgery.

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