Eger leads by one at Cap Cana after opening-round 67

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First-round leader David Eger was one of three players in the field to post a bogey-free round on Friday.
March 27, 2009
Dave Senko, PGA TOUR Staff

CAP CANA, Dominican Republic -- David Eger shot a 5-under-par 67 on Friday and holds a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the second annual Cap Cana Championship at the Punta Espada Golf Club. The $2.1 million event concludes on Sunday.

Nick Price, Eduardo Romero, Keith Fergus, Tim Simpson and Tom Jenkins are among five players tied for second place, one stroke behind Eger. Greg Norman, making his first start in a regular-season event on the Champions Tour, shot a 1-over-par 73 and is tied for 37th.

Inside the Numbers
Eger thru 18 Holes
Category Total Rank
Eagles 0 N/A
Birdies 5 T3
Pars 13 T16
Bogeys 0 N/A
Double Bogeys 0 N/A
Other 0 N/A
Driving Distance 299.5 yds. T27

A two-time winner on the Champions Tour, Eger's round included five birdies and no bogeys, making him one of three players in the field to post a bogey-free round. Simpson and Fergus were the others.

Playing in one of the first groups in the morning, Eger drained a 20-foot birdie putt on his second hole (No. 11) and made short birdie putts of one foot on No. 15 and six feet on No. 17 to turn at 3 under par. He added a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 4 and two-putted from 40 feet for another at No. 6.

"It wasn't a real exciting round, but that's fine with me," said Eger, whose last victory came at the 2005 Boeing Greater Seattle Classic. "Overall, I played well and I hit a lot of good irons today."

While winds weren't as much of a factor as they were a year ago in the inaugural event, they was still something players had to contend with on Friday as wind speeds were a constant 15-20 mph at the 7,260-yard seaside layout.

"It was probably a three-club difference hitting into the wind and a one-club difference hitting a shot with the wind," Eger added. "It was really more difficult on holes near the water. You really had to think and manage your game out there."

Price and Fergus were tied for the lead heading to No. 18, but both dropped a stroke at the final hole to fall back into the big tie for second place. Price missed a 12-footer for par after hitting his second shot into a bunker.

"All in all, a 68 is a good start for me and I helped myself by making a couple of good putts," Price said. The 52-year-old former two-time PGA TOUR Player of the Year is seeking his first victory on the Champions Tour after winning 18 times in an illustrious PGA TOUR career.