Round 1 Notes: JELD-WEN Tradition

August 20, 2009
Dave Senko, PGA TOUR Staff

• Here is the leaderboard at the end of the first round:

1. Brad Bryant (62/-10) 2. Loren Roberts (65/-7) T3. Tom Watson and Tom Lehman (67/-5) T5. Fred Funk, Hale Irwin, R.W. Eaks and Jim Thorpe (68/-4)

• Bryant's 10-under-par 62 was the low round of his career in a PGA TOUR event. His previous best was a 63 at the 1995 Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic (2nd rd.) and at the 2007 MasterCard Championship at Hualalai (1st rd.).

• Bryant's 62 matched the tournament record set in 2001 by Doug Tewell and later matched by Tom Watson in 2003. However, it was the best round at the new venue since it moved to the Crosswater Club at the Sunriver Resort in 2007 (previous best was a 64 by Tom Watson and Joe Ozaki in 2008). Bryant's 7-under-par on the front nine matched the best nine-hole score in tournament history but it was the best at this venue. Jim Dent originally set the mark with a 29 at the Cochise Course at Desert Mountain (Scottsdale, AZ) in 1991 and Doug Tewell matched his effort at the same location in 2001.

• Bryant's three-stroke margin over Roberts matched the largest 18-hole lead in tournament history. Phil Rodgers set the mark in 1991.

John Cook aced No. 13 on Thursday, using an 8-iron on the 165-yard hole. It was his first in Champions Tour competition and it was also the 13th in this tournament. Two other players made hole-in-ones at this course -- Don Pooley (#7/2007) and Danny Edwards (#3/2007)

• Defending champion Funk's strong play continued. The 2009 U.S. Senior Open champion, Funk opened with a 4-under-par 68, his ninth round in the 60s in his last 10 starts. Funk also ran his string of consecutive holes without a three-putt to 111 and consecutive bogey-free holes to 40, dating back to the U.S. Senior Open.

Greg Norman withdrew prior to the start of his round due to back spasms. This was his first appearance in this event.

• Bryant led all players with 11 birdies, five more than Irwin.

• Roberts, Watson, Lehman, Mark McNulty, Funk and Eaks all posted bogey-free rounds.

• Irwin's 4-under-par 68 was his best opening round since he fashioned a 7-under-65 at the year's first event -- Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.

Andy Bean led all players with just 21 putts.

• The most difficult holes on Thursday were Nos. 17 and 18 with an average score of 3.324 (+.324 over par) and 4.221 (+.221), respectively. Only three players managed to birdie the par-3, 17th hole -- Mark James, James Mason and Hal Sutton. In addition, hole No. 15 ranked as the fourth most difficult overall.

• Corvallis' Bob Gilder made his 138th consecutive appearance in events he's been eligible for on the Champions Tour. Gilder fired a 1-over 73 on Thursday.

• A total of 32 players in the 68-man field finished with rounds under par and 18 of those posted rounds in the 60s. In an oddity, the field averaged 72.00. A year ago the scoring average was 71.254.

• Cook, Funk and Irwin hit all 14 fairways today. Bryant and Roberts led all players, hitting 17 of 18 Greens in Regulation. Lehman had the day's long drive, a 326-yarder on No. 11.