Dick's Sporting Goods Open: First-Round Notebook

July 13, 2007
By Dave Senko PGA TOUR Staff

ENDICOTT, N.Y. -- It should come as no surprise that first-round co-leader Craig Stadler is tied for the lead at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open. He enjoyed great success in his PGA TOUR career at the En-Joie Golf Course with six top-10 finishes in the B.C. Open, including a victory at the 2003 event while a member of the Champions Tour.

Category Hoch Stadler
Eagles 0 0
Birdies 5 6
Pars 11 9
Bogeys 2 3
Double Bogeys 0 0
Other 0 0
Driving Accuracy 50.0% 57.1%
Driving Distance 295.0 yds. 302.0 yds.
Putts per Round 29 26
Putts per GIR 1.643 1.636
Greens in Regulation 77.8% 61.1%
Sand Saves 0 0

• Co-leader Rod Spittle, a Monday qualifier, and Jim Thorpe were the only two players to post bogey-free rounds on Friday. Thorpe's round included 18 consecutive pars.

• Friday's scoring average of 73.641 was the highest first-round scoring average for a non-major event since the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am in February. The average at that event was 74.500. Only three players posted rounds in the 60s and 20 players posted rounds under par on Friday at En-Joie.

• The most difficult hole was No. 15 with an average of 4.500 (+.500) and only five players made birdies. Hole No. 5 was the easiest at 4.808 (-.292).

Steve Thomas had the day's longest drive, at 353 yards. Thomas also had an eagle on the par-4 16th hole.

• Four players who open qualified on Monday are currently in the top 10. In addition to Rod Spittle, Bruce Vaughan, Tim Conley and Jack Ferenz are all tied for fourth place.

• With Spittle sharing the first-round lead with Craig Stadler and Scott Hoch, it marks the first time this year that an open qualifier had shared the opening-round lead in a Champions Tour event.

• The last time an open qualifier led or shared the lead after the first round was at the 2006 AT&T Classic in California in March of that year. Mitch Adcock held sole possession of the lead at 5-under-par 67. He eventually finished T17.