Rd. 1 Notes: Charles Schwab Cup Championship

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November 03, 2011
Phil Stambaugh, Champions Tour staff

Weather: Variable cloudiness with showers throughout the afternoon and temperatures only reaching the mid-50s. Winds from the WNW at 10-20 mph.

Player Score Position Charles Schwab Cup Position Entering Week
Jay Haas 34-34--68 (-3) T1 No. 18-735 points
Fred Couples 31-37--68 (-3) T1 No. 8-1,288 points
David Frost 32-37--69 (-2) T3 No. 25-466 points
Michael Allen 33-36--69 (-2) T3 No. 12-954 points
Rod Spittle 35-35--70 (-1) T5 No. 32-374 points
Kenny Perry 34-36--70 (-1) T5 No. 14-871 points
Tom Lehman 34-36--70 (-1) T5 No. 1-2,338 points

First-Round Leaderboard

Player Charles Schwab Cup Ranking/Points Current Position In Charles Schwab Cup Championship Projected Charles Schwab Cup points after Round 1
Tom Lehman 1st/2,338 points 70/T5 2,579
Mark Calcavecchia 2nd/1,956 points 71/T8 2,104
Peter Senior 3rd/1,782 points 71/T8 1,930
John Cook 4th/1,726 points 73/T17 1,726
Russ Cochran 5th/1,508 points 74/T21 1,508

• Here's a chart of where the five players in contention for the 2011 Charles Schwab Cup stand after the first 18 holes. On Sunday, the player with the most Schwab Cup points will earn a $1 million payout.

Player 2011 Money Total/Rank Coming Into The Charles Schwab Cup Championship Projected Final 2011 Money Total/Rank
Tom Lehman $2,039,776/1st $2,160,442/1st
John Cook $1,711,075/2nd $1,752,950/2nd
Mark Calcavecchia $1,672,241/3rd $1,748,241/3rd

• If the Charles Schwab Cup Championship ended today, here's the projected final 2011 official money totals:

Jay Haas' and Fred Couples' 3-under 68s today are the highest scores to lead the Charles Schwab Cup Championship after Round 1 since Walter Hall led the 2002 event after Thursday with a 3-under 69. Haas' 68 now gives him 10 straight par/better scores in this event. In his career, Haas has been a leader/co-leader previously in four 72-hole Champions Tour events, most recently at the 2008 JELD-WEN Tradition, and has not gone on to win. Today marks the first time Couples has been a first-round leader/co-leader in a 72-hole Champions Tour event.

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• Dating back to the opening round of the AT&T Championship in San Antonio, Fred Couples has now led or shared the lead in four straight rounds on the Champions Tour. Mark McNulty, a winner in San Antonio in 2004, also claimed the Charles Schwab Cup Championship that year, the only player to win the season's last full-field event and also the 30-player season-ender.

• In 2011, eight of 23 events have been won by first-round leaders/co-leaders and two of those happened in 72-hole events this year. Tom Lehman was one stroke in front after 18 holes at the Regions Tradition and at the U.S. Senior Open, Olin Browne led by one stroke after play on Thursday.

• In the previous 21 Charles Schwab Cup Championships, a first-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win nine times, including John Cook last year after he opened with 7-under 64 at TPC Harding Park.

Peter Senior's score of four at the par-3 3rd hole at TPC Harding Park today ended his run of bogey-free holes at 60 straight. Senior's streak dated back to the 15th hole in the final round of the Insperity Championship at The Woodlands, Texas. He then went all 54 holes of the AT&T Championship, the last full-field event of the year in San Antonio, without registering a bogey, marking the second tournament this year he had played bogey-free (Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn).

• Two-time defending champion John Cook got off to a slow start in his quest for an unprecedented third consecutive Charles Schwab Cup Championship title. Cook opened with 2-over 73 (T17) in Round 1, snapping his streak of round in the 60s at this event at eight straight. His four bogeys on the front nine today equaled the total number he had made over the last two years in winning this event.

Hale Irwin made his record 14th appearance in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship today and first since 2007. At age 66, he also became the oldest player ever to compete in the event, surpassing Gil Morgan who played in the 2009 event at age 63. Irwin's 3-over 74 today was his 53rd career round at this championship.

• Five players made their first appearances in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship -- Kenny Perry (70), Rod Spittle (70), Jay Don Blake (71), John Huston (75), and Chip Beck (76). In the history of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, seven players have won this event in their first appearance with Mark McNulty the last to do so in 2004.

• The field averaged 72.367 today compared to 69.167 in the opening round at TPC Harding Park in 2010. There were just four scores in the 60s today compared to 14 sub-70 scores in Round 1 last year. There were no birdies made at either the par-4 14th hole or the par-4 12th hole. No. 14 played as the most difficult hole (4.567) while No. 12 was the second hardest (4.500) hole. The easiest hole was the par-5 9th with an average of 4.567 and two players made eagle -- David Frost and Chien-Soon Lu.

• Chien-Soon Lu ran his streak of holes without a three-putt to 158 straight dating back to the 5th hole in Round 1 of this year's SAS Championship.

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