Round 1 Notebook: Children's Miracle Network Classic

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November 11, 2010
Mark Stevens, PGA TOUR Staff

Weather: Patchy morning fog caused the start of the opening round to be delayed for an hour. Partly cloudy skies in the afternoon with temperatures reaching 79 degrees. Winds from the NE at 10-15 mph with gusts to 20 mph.

• First-round play was delayed one hour due to heavy fog. Play was suspended at 5:45 p.m. due to darkness with 14 players still on the courses. The 14 players will complete the first-round at 7 a.m., while the second-round will start as scheduled.

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Chris Stroud shot a bogey-free 10-under 62 to take a three stroke lead over Roland Thatcher. Thatcher and Stroud played in the same group on the Palm Course. Five players are four shots back at 6-under 66.

Aaron Baddeley dropped his 136-yard approach to within inches of the pin at the 17th hole on the Magnolia Course, setting up an easy birdie to join Troy Merritt in a tie for the Kodak Challenge lead. Merritt and second place contender, Rickie Fowler did not play the Kodak Challenge hole on Thursday. They will get their chance to play the par 4 Kodak Challenge hole on Friday.

• Stroud, who is No. 119 on the money list, is looking for his career-best sixth top-25 finish of the season. Stroud has a streak of six straight rounds in the 60s, dating back to the Frys.com Open.

• Stroud finished T10 at Disney in 2008 and T41 in 2007.

• Stroud's only lead after any round on TOUR came after the second-round of the 2008 Valero Texas Open (T6).

• Stroud's previous low round on TOUR is a 63, which he shot three times. His most recent 63 was at the 2010 Greenbrier Classic.

Roland Thatcher is No. 179 on the money list and in need of a second-place finish to get inside the top-125.

Brenden Pappas recorded the first hole-in-one at Disney since Vaughn Taylor in 2004. On the Palm Course, Pappas used a 4-iron from 205 yards on the 8th hole.

• Pappas has had only one top-10 finish on TOUR since recording five top-10s in 2003.

Tim Herron, who is No. 169 on the money list, needs a good finish this week to gets his TOUR card back for 2011. Herron finished inside the top-125 for 13 straight years (1996-2008) before falling to 131st last season.

• Herron is making his seventh start at Disney with his best finish coming in 2002 (T4).

• Herron has not held a first-round lead/co-lead since the 2002 Buick Challenge.

Rickie Fowler opened with a 6-under 66 for the second straight year on the Palm Course at the Children's Miracle Network Classic. Fowler went on to finish T40 in 2009 at Disney.

• Since the Ryder Cup, Fowler has shot par-or-better in 16 of his last 17 rounds (including Malaysia and China). He has been under-par in 15 of his last 17 rounds and has shot in the 60s in 14 of his last 17 rounds.

Jerry Kelly (66/Palm Course) has two top-10s in 12 starts at the Children's Miracle Network Classic. Kelly's best finish at Disney came in his first appearance here in 1996 (T8).

• Kelly matched his best opening round this season. He also shot a 66 at the Travelers Championship (63rd) and at the Wyndham Championship (T34).

Cameron Percy (66/Palm Course) continues his strong late-season play. After losing in a playoff at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, he moved from No. 185 on the money list to No. 144. Percy shot an opening round 66 at the Justin Timberlake event also.

Chris Tidland's 5-under 67 was the best score on the Magnolia Course. Tom Lehman is 5-under with one hole left to play on the Magnolia Course.

• It was Tidland's eighth straight round in the 60s dating back to a 65 on Friday at the Frys.com Open.

• Four of the last five Children's Miracle Network Classic champions have trailed the leader(s) by seven strokes after 36 holes (Lucas Glover, 2005; Joe Durant, 2006; Davis Love, 2008; and Stephen Ames, 2009).

• Twenty-one of the last 28 Children's Miracle Network Classics have been decided by a single stroke or in a sudden-death playoff.

Vijay Singh has four top-5s, five top-10s and seven top-20s in eight previous starts at Disney.

• Singh (69/Palm Course) increased his tournament-best streak to 31 straight rounds under par at the Children's Miracle Network Classic. Singh, who won here in 2003, has never shot a score higher than 71 in eight previous Classic appearances.

• Below are the four first-round leaders at the Children's Miracle Network Classic who went on to win:

Bob Lohr (1988) Tim Simpson (1990) Rick Fehr (1994) Bob Burns (2002)

• GOLF CHANNEL's Big Break Disney winner Mike Perez (4-over 76), PGA TOUR player Pat Perez's (3-under 69) brother, received a sponsor exemption into the 2010 Children's Miracle Network Classic. Mike Perez is the second consecutive brother of a PGA TOUR player to qualify for a TOUR event through Big Break. Last year, Haymes Snedeker, Brandt's brother, played in the Children's Miracle Network Classic.

No. on Money List Player First-Round Score at Disney
125 Troy Matteson (Exempt for 2011) 70 (-2)
126 Briny Baird 70 (-2)
127 Aron Price 69 (-3)
128 Bob Estes 73 (+1)
129 Michael Connell 71 (-1)
130 Henrik Stenson (Exempt for 2011) DNP

• The Children's Miracle Network Classic is the last chance for players to move into the top 125 on the money list and earn full exempt status on the TOUR in 2010. Below are player's ranked No. 125-130 before the Disney event:

Brad Faxon is making his 21st appearance at the Children's Miracle Network Classic.

Chris DiMarco, with his son Cristian as his caddy, opened with a 4-under 68 on the Palm Course. DiMarco has shot an under par score in 12 of 14 opening rounds at Disney. His best finish at Disney is second in 2002.

• Three players over 50 are currently in the top 20 in the first-round standings. Fellow Champions Tour player Mike Goodes is caddying for Fred Funk (T14) this week and Funk opened with a 4-under 68 on the Palm Course today. Tom Pernice, Jr. (T14) also carded 4-under 68 on the Palm in Round 1. Tom Lehman (T8) was 5-under on the Magnolia Course when play was suspended due to darkness.

• Alex Cjeka withdrew after the first-round with a skin rash.

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