By Champions Tour staff
Weather: Mostly sunny with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Winds were from the NNW at 5-10 mph with occasional higher gusts.
Current Leaderboard: 1 – Mark Wiebe (64/-8); T2 – Kenny Perry, Corey Pavin (65/-7); T4 – Bart Bryant, Peter Senior, Tom Pernice, Jr., John Riegger, Jeff Brehaut (66/-6).
-- Despite a six-hour time change and some travel issues returning to the U.S. from his win earlier this week at the Senior British Open, Mark Wiebe showed no letup in the momentum from his victory. Wiebe fired a bogey-free 8-under-par to take the first-round lead at the 3M Championship. Wiebe leads Kenny Perry and Corey Pavin by one stroke, while five others trail by two.
-- Mark Wiebe’s 64 was the lowest of his 10 rounds here at the TPC Twin Cities. His previous low round was a 69 in the first and second rounds last year.
-- Wiebe hit all 14 fairways today and needed just 25 putts on his way to his 64. Wiebe had all threes and fours on his scorecard before that string ended at No. 18 when he made a par on the par-5 hole.
-- With back-to-back wins in major championships on his resume coming into this event, Kenny Perry showed no signs from nearly a three-week layoff following his U.S. Senior Open win on July 14th in Omaha. Perry posted a 7-under-par 65 and is currently T2. He is bidding to become the first player to win three consecutive starts since Fred Couples did so in 2010 – The ACE Group Classic, Toshiba Classic and The Cap Cana Championship.
-- Kenny Perry’s 7-under-par 65 was his sixth round in the 60s in seven starts here at the TPC Twin Cities. He is a combined 36-under-par in those seven rounds at the course.
-- Perry led all players with nine birdies in the first round.
-- Minnesota native and former University of Minnesota star Tom Lehman shot a 3-under-par 69 on Friday. Lehman was feeling under the weather the previous few days after competing in four consecutive major championships prior to the 3M Championship.
-- Defending champion Bernhard Langer, who lost in a five-hole playoff to Mark Wiebe at the Senior British Open, is not competing this week. He had a previous commitment in Europe.
-- Two products of the 2012 Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament are currently T4. John Riegger and Jeff Brehaut each fired 6-under-par 66s on Friday. Riegger’s round included a pair of eagles and he is the fifth player to accomplish that in this tournament. The last to do so was David Frost in the final round in 2010.
-- The field averaged 70.790, just a shade higher than last year’s opening-round average of 70.765. There were 52 rounds below par and 28 rounds in the 60s.
-- No. 14 was the most difficult hole at 4.222 (+.222) while No. 11 was the easiest at 3.642 (-.358). There were 29 birdies and no bogeys on the hole.
-- Joining Mark Wiebe with bogey-free rounds were Corey Pavin, Bart Bryant, Tom Pernice, Jr., Rod Spittle, Jeff Sluman, Loren Roberts, Duffy Waldorf, and Mark Brooks.
-- Mike Goodes hit all 18 Greens in Regulation on Friday.
-- Peter Senior birdied all four of the par-3s at the TPC Twin Cities on Friday. Senior is one of three players in the field who played in four consecutive major championships, including the British Open where he made the cut. The others were Tom Lehman and Mark Calcavecchia.
-- For the 10th consecutive year, the Greats of Golf Challenge will be part of the 3M Championship schedule. Play in the three-player team, 18-hole, better-ball exhibition will be on Saturday this year. The competition will be between three teams. Team USA will be captained by World Golf Hall of Famer Billy Casper and will include World Golf Hall of Famer Johnny Miller along with Bill Rogers and Dave Stockton. Team LPGA will be captained by World Golf Hall of Famer Arnold Palmer and includes World Golf Hall of Famers Annika Sorenstam, Pat Bradley and Nancy Lopez. The third team (Team Majors) will include David Graham, Fuzzy Zoeller and World Golf Hall of Famer Lee Trevino. Don January will be the captain. Casper, Palmer and January will not be competing. Competitors will tee off between 11:50 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.