Two lead on low-scoring day at BMW Charity Pro-AmChris Anderson's 9-under 63 at Carolina Country Club featured nine birdies and zero bogeys.May 14, 2009
PGA TOUR staff
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Chris Anderson and Michael Clark II fired 9-under-par scores Thursday to share the first-round lead of the BMW Charity Pro-Am, an event that features amateurs and celebrities teaming up with Nationwide Tour pros in a best-ball format over four days.
Inside the numbers Round 1 leaderboard Player Course Score T1.Chris Anderson CC -9 T1.Michael Clark II TC -9 T3.Fabian Gomez TC -8 T3.Dustin Bray CC -8 T5.Daniel Summerhays BC -7 T5.Esteban Toledo CC -7 T5.Tom Johnson BC -7 T5.Brent Delahoussaye CC -7
Anderson posted a course-record 63 at Carolina Country Club, while Clark's course-record 9-under was a 62 at the Thornblade Club, the host course in a rotation that also includes Bright's Creek Country Club in Mill Spring, N.C.
Thursday's scoring conditions were nearly perfect at the three courses, resulting in 30 players shooting scores of 5-under or better, 107 players finishing below par and 132 pros in the field of 168 winding up at par-or-better.
Four others are in at 7-under 65. Daniel Summerhays and Tom Johnson posted the low scores of the day at Bright's Creek, while Esteban Toledo and Greenville native Brent Delahoussaye were among the low scores at Carolina CC.
"When I finished, the guy in the scoring tent said I shot 62 and I thought 'Wait a minute, I had 63,'" said Clark. "I didn't realize this course was a par-71. I hit it where I was looking and it was nice to make some putts."
Clark was only 2-under through eight holes before the putts started dropping for him.
"It's been a long time since I played well," he said. "I've probably had five or six rounds this year where I could have shot a score like that but I couldn't get the ball in the hole."
It all looked easy for the 40-year old Georgia resident, whose career-best round was a 10-under 62 in the third round of the 1999 Dayton Open. His round included a pair of 20-foot birdie putts and a chip-in for par on a par-5.
"Anytime you shoot 62, it certainly doesn't hurt your confidence," he said. "Today looked like a duck on a pond. I may have looked calm but underneath the water my feet were moving as fast as they could."
Anderson went Clark one better, closing with eight birdies in his last 10 holes, including a stretch of five in a row.
"I got off to a shaky start but I tried to take it one shot at a time," said Anderson, who matched Clark's 16 of 18 greens in regulation. "I just tried to take it one shot at a time."
Summerhays' round was his lowest of the 2009 season, which has seen him post a pair of T4 finishes.
"My long game was on today," said Summerhays, who hit all 14 fairways and 16 greens in regulation. "I struggled all day with my wedges. It's not a huge problem, just minor, but it's something I have to work through."
• Lift, clean and place conditions were in effect at only the Bright's Creek Country Club course. The same rules will be in effect for the second and third rounds to ensure that all competitors play under similar conditions at that site.
• Kyle Thompson and his wife, Emmi, welcomed the newest addition to the Tour family on Tuesday evening. The couple celebrated the birth of their first child, Sophia, at 6:40 p.m. at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Their daughter weighed in at 7 pounds, 15 ounces. All three of the Greenville residents are doing well. Thompson bogeyed two of his final three holes at Bright's Creek for a 4-under 68 Thursday afternoon.
Course Par value Scoring average Relation to par Thornblade Club par 71 68.750 -2.250 Carolina Country Club par 72 70.214 -1.786 Bright's Creek CC par 72 71.018 -0.82
• Scoring averages for the three courses:
• Chris Anderson posted a 7-under 29 on the back nine at Carolina Country Club. His score matches the second-lowest 9-hole score on Tour this year. Matt Every's 8-under 28 at the Stonebrae Classic is the lowest nine in 2009.
• There were 21 bogey-free rounds posted on Thursday -- 5 at Bright's Creek Country Club; 7 at Thornblade Club; 9 at Carolina Country Club.