Round 1 Notes: CIMB Asia Pacific Classic MalaysiaOctober 28, 2010
Doug Milne, PGA TOUR staff
Weather: Partly cloud and hot high of 94 degrees. Calm winds.
• Forty players teed off between 8:30 a.m. and 11:50 a.m. local time (25 from the top of the final FedExCup standings, top 10 from the 2010 Asian Tour Order of Merit and five sponsor exemptions).
• Ricky Barnes hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation in round one, including four birdies on each nine to record a bogey-free, 8-under 63. He leads by one over Ryan Moore in his first PGA TOUR event with the opening-round lead.
• Barnes, who drove the 295-yard, par-4 15th hole to 20 feet, is making his first return to Malaysia since winning the 2002 (Team) World Amateur with Hunter Mahan and D.J. Trahan at Saujana Golf and Country Club. Trahan, also in this week's field, shot a 4-under 67.
• In his sophomore year on the PGA TOUR, Barnes entered this week with six top-10 finishes in 31 starts, highlighted by a T3 at the Memorial Tournament.
• The first-round leader of a 2010 PGA TOUR event has gone on to win 10 of 44 times. The last to achieve the feat was Rocco Mediate, who led wire-to-wire two weeks ago at the Frys.com Open.
• Should a member of the PGA TOUR win the inaugural event, it NEITHER counts toward an official PGA TOUR win, NOR official TOUR money. In addition, it will NOT yield a 2-year exemption
• Moore is making his 25thstart of the season, with six top-10 finishes under his belt. In the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, he finished T3 at the BMW Championship and T9 at the Regular Season-ending TOUR Championship.
• Moore is searching for his second PGA TOUR win following last year's victory at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C.
• Making his 191st PGA TOUR start this week, Davis is still in search of his first TOUR win. The closest he has come to victory was at The Heritage earlier this year. In a playoff with Jim Furyk, Davis called a penalty on himself, costing him a chance for the win. Davis also finished second at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
• Davis is no newcomer to The MINES Resort Golf Club. On the European Tour, Davis competed in the 2003 Malaysian Open, where he finished T50.
Charlie Wi and Carl Pettersson both turned in bogey-free, 6-under 65s. While Wi remains in search of his first PGA TOUR win, Pettersson is seeking his fourth, and most recent since the 2008 Wyndham Championship.
• The first of four eagles on the day came from Ben Crane, who drove the 295-yard, par four 15th to 25 feet before sinking the putt. The other three came from Mardan Mamat (par-4 15th, par-5 17th) and Tim Clark (17th).
• The lone Malaysian in the field, Shaaban Hussin, is T33 following a 1-over 72 in round one.
• Of those in the field based on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, low honors went to Singapore's Mardan Mamat, who eagled two holes in a three-hole stretch. He first drove the green at the par-4 15th, then hit the green in two at the par 5 17th. He finished the day with a 6-under 65 and trails Ricky Barnes by two strokes.
• This is the third new event of the season on the PGA TOUR schedule. The Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia was won by Stuart Appleby, and Heath Slocum claimed victory at the inaugural McGladrey Classic in Sea Island, GA. Slocum shot a 3-under 68 in round one and trails Ricky Barnes by five strokes.
• The CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, Malaysia is the first tournament sanctioned by the PGA TOUR in Southeast Asia. The tournament is co-sanctioned by the PGA TOUR, Asian Tour and the Professional Golf Association of Malaysia (PGAM). In its inaugural year, it will feature an international field of 40 players competing for a $6 million purse, with the winner taking home $1,080,000. The majority of the PGA TOUR members will head to China the following week for the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions event, played for the second year as a World Golf Championships event.
Scoring Averages at the par-71 Mines Resort Golf Club: Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative Thursday 33.700 34.900 68.600 ---
• The hardest hole of the day was the 194-yard, par-3 14th, with a scoring average of 3.275. The easiest hole came at the next, the 295-yard, par-4 15th, playing to an average of 3.375.