Principal Charity Classic: First-Round Notebook

June 08, 2007
By Dave Senko PGA TOUR Staff

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Jay Haas made the most of his first appearance in the Principal Charity Classic on Friday. Currently the Champions Tour money leader as well as the Charles Schwab Cup pacesetter, Haas fashioned a 6-under-par 65 to take a one-stroke advantage over Dave Eichelberger into Saturday's second round.

• Surprisingly, none of the 76 players who started Friday's opening round posted a bogey-free round.

Player Score
1. Jay Haas 65 -6
2. Dave Eichelberger 66 -5
T3. Jim Thorpe 67 -4
T3. Mark James 67 -4
T3. Bob Gilder 67 -4
T3. David Edwards 67 -4
T7. Tom Wargo 68 -3
T7. Tim Simpson 68 -3
T7. Keith Fergus 68 -3
T7. Tom Purtzer 68 -3

Dave Eichelberger, 63, posted his lowest round since an opening-round 65 at the 2005 Commerce Bank Championship, when he fired a 5-under-par 66 on Friday. It was his fourth consecutive sub-par round.

Bruce Summerhays extended his string of events played for which he's been eligible to 162 straight when he played on Friday. Summerhays' streak is currently the longest on the Champions Tour. Dana Quigley holds the all-time record for consecutive eligible events played with 278 straight. Mike McCullough's 177 consecutive eligible events played ranks second.

• Friday's scoring average of 72.200 was more than two strokes higher than the 2006 average of 70.038. There were 16 rounds in the 60s compared to 28 rounds in 2006 and only 23 players finished with rounds below par compared to 46 one year ago.

• Defending champion Gil Morgan shot a 1-over-par 72 and is currently T31. Two other past champions are in contention after Friday's opening round. Jim Thorpe, the 2001 champion, is currently T3 as is 2002 winner Bob Gilder.

Sammy Rachels (back) and Dan Pohl (numbness in right arm) both withdrew from the event. Rachels withdrew prior to the start of the round, while Pohl played 11 holes before his withdrawal.

• The most difficult hole at Glen Oaks Country Club was No. 18 with an average score of 4.387, while No. 15 was the easiest at 4.440. There were three eagles and 43 birdies. The most difficult hole to birdie was No. 5 as just three players made birdies -- Jay Haas, Mark Hayes and Walter Hall.

David Edwards had the fewest putts on Friday (26) and he also had the most one-putts (10). Andy Bean made the day's longest putt when he drained one from 65 feet, three inches at No. 14.

Tom Purtzer had the day's long drive at 367 yards on No. 15.

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