Wal-Mart First Tee Open: First-Round Notebook

August 31, 2007
By Dave Senko PGA TOUR Staff

PEBBLE BEACH Calif. -- This marks the second straight week an open qualifier has led or shared the first-round lead at a Champions Tour event. One week after Canadian Ray Stewart was the first-round leader at the Boeing Classic, Bruce Vaughan shares the lead this week with Morris Hatalsky at 7-under-par 65.

Player Score
T1. Morris Hatalsky 65 -7
T1. Bruce Vaughan 65 -7
3. Bob Gilder 66 -7
T4. Kirk Hanefeld 67 -5
T4. Tom Watson 67 -5
T6. Dana Quigley 68 -4
T6. Craig Stadler 68 -4
T6. Peter Jacobsen 68 -4
T6. Tom Purtzer 68 -4
T6. Mark McNulty 68 -4
T6. Lonnie Nielsen 68 -4

• Vaughan has enjoyed great success as an open qualifier this year. He has open qualified eight times, including this week when he shot a 5-under-par 67 at San Juan Oaks GC in Hollister. He is currently 42nd on the 2007 money list.

• In the pro-junior competition, the team of Vaughan and J.D. Archibald of Simi Valley, Calif., are the leaders at 13-under-par 59 and hold a three-stroke margin over the team of Morris Hatalsky and Harold Varner of Gastonia, N.C.

• The amateur team of Ronald Croen and Andy Goodman lead the amateur team competition at 16-under-par 56.

• Nine of the top 11 players on the scoreboard played their rounds at the Del Monte Golf Course on Friday. The only two to plat at Pebble Beach were Morris Hatalsky (65/tied for first) and Tom Watson (67/tied for fourth).

Bernhard Langer and Larry Rinker each made their Champions Tour debut on Friday. Langer posted a 3-under-par 69 and is currently tied for 12th, while Rinker shot a 2-under-par 70 and is tied for 18th.

• Defending champion Scott Simpson shot an even-par 72 on Friday and is tied for 40th.

• Among the celebrities competing in the event are comedian George Lopez, actor Clint Eastwood and former San Francisco 49ers standout Harris Barton.

• Friday's scoring average at Pebble Beach was 71.949 compared to 70.667 at Del Monte. A total of 13 players posted rounds in the 60s at Del Monte, nine more than at Pebble beach. There were 23 sub-par rounds at Del Monte and 16 at Pebble Beach.

Tom Watson, David Eger and Ben Crenshaw all posted bogey-free rounds.

Lonnie Nielsen led all players with just 24 putts. Hugh Baiocchi and Larry Nelson led in driving accuracy (14 of 14 fairways) and Morris Hatalsky led in Greens in Regulation at 94.4% (17 of 18).