3M Championship: First-round notebook

July 18, 2008
Phil Stambaugh, PGA TOUR Staff

BLAINE, Minn. -- Dana Quigley's 10-under-par 62 Friday established a new tournament record score for 18 holes at the 3M Championship. Prior to Quigley's round, four players had shot 63 at TPC Twin Cities, including Tom Purtzer who had 63 in the opening round of the 2005 event. Don Pooley shot 63 in Round 2 of the 2003 tournament while Jay Haas and Mitch Adams posted 9-under rounds on Sunday last year.

Inside the Numbers
18-Hole Leaderboard
Player Score
1. Dana Quigley 62 -10
2. Gene Jones 64 -8
T3. R.W. Eaks 65 -7
T3. Jeff Sluman 65 -7
T5. Gary Hallberg 66 -6
T5. Ed Dougherty 66 -6
T5. Loren Roberts 66 -6
T5. John Harris 66 -6
T9. David Ogrin 67 -5
T9. Peter Jacobsen 67 -5
T9. Bernhard Langer 67 -5

Dana Quigley's round matched his career-low score on the Champions Tour (1999 Novell Utah Showdown, Round 2). The 61-year-old Quigley's previous-best score in 2008 was 66 in the last round of the Toshiba Classic. His previous-best round at TPC Twin Cities was 66 on Sunday at the 2003 event. Quigley's round Friday ran his streak of par/better scores this year to 10 straight.

• Dan Quigley's birdie-eagle run (B-B-B-E-B/6 under) matched the best birdie-eagle streak on the Champions Tour this year. Earlier this season, Bobby Wadkins went DE-B-B-B (-6) during the first round of the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am near Tampa.

• Defending champion D.A.Weibring carded a 4-under 68 Friday and now has 13 consecutive sub-par scores in as many rounds as he has played on the TPC Twin Cities course.

Jim Thorpe's 1-under 71 Friday gives him nine straight sub-par scores at the TPC Twin Cities and he now has a streak of 17 straight rounds of par/better in Minnesota.

• In the first 17 official events on the Champions Tour this year, only six first-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win. Over the previous 15 3M Championships, only three first-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win with Tom Purtzer being the last to do so in 2005.

Dan Forsman debuted on the Champions Tour Friday with an even-par 72. Forsman made the cut last week on the PGA TOUR at the John Deere Classic and finished tied for 72nd.

• Friday's field scoring average was 69.949, just slightly higher than last year's record low for a tournament round at TPC Twin Cities (69.833). Friday there were 39 sub-70 scores posted, just two fewer than the opening round last year. Overall, 15 of the 18 holes at the TPC Twin Cities course played under par for the field.

• The par-5 third hole played as the easiest Friday (4.474), yielding four eagles and 36 birdies. The par-3 13th hole played as the hardest Friday (3.141), giving up just five birdies.

Steve Thomas had the longest measured drive of the day, 335 yards at No. 15. ... Eight players hit every fairway Friday off the tee (Ed Dougherty, Danny Edwards, David Eichelberger, Bob Gilder, Hale Irwin, Tom McKnight and Dan Pohl). ... David Ogrin hit all 18 greens in regulation. ... Dana Quigley had just 22 putts Friday while Curtis Strange had 13 one-putt greens.

• Saturday's opening round of the 36-hole Greats of Golf Challenge will feature three three-man teams playing a better-ball exhibition within the overall 3M Championship competition. Billy Casper, Tony Jacklin and Gene Littler, all former Ryder Cup players, will make up one team and will start at 12:15 p.m. Chi Chi Rodriguez, Lee Trevino and Charles Coody will play together and will tee off at 12:35 p.m. Arnold Palmer, Miller Barber and Don January will play together and will tee off at 12:55 p.m.