Round 1 notebook: Boeing Classic

August 28, 2009
Dave Senko, PGA TOUR Staff

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

1. Mark O'Meara (66/-6) T2. Loren Roberts, Allen Doyle, John Jacobs, Mark McNulty (68/-4) T6. 11 players tied at (69/-3)

• O'Meara's 6-under-par 66 was his best opening round in 2009. His previous low was a 4-under-par 67 in the first round of the Toshiba Classic in March. It is also the first time he has held sole possession of the first-round lead since shooting an 8-under-par 63 at the 2007 AT&T Championship.

• O'Meara capped his round with an eagle on No. 18. He was one of two players to record an eagle on the final hole. John Harris had the other.

• McNulty, one of four players tied for second at 4-under-par 68, got off to a quick start, shooting a 6-under-par 30 over his first nine holes (he started at No. 10). He was one shy of tying the 9-hole scoring record of 29 set in 2006 by Scott Simpson on his way to a tournament-record 61.

• O'Meara's two-stroke margin matches the tournament first-round record. Massy Kuramoto set the mark in 2006 and Ray Stewart matched it a year later.

Tim Simpson aced No. 6 on Friday, using a 5-iron on the 197-yard hole. It was the first hole-in-one in tournament history and the second by Simpson on the Champions Tour. He also had one at last year's SAS Championship. It was the seventh ace in 2009 on the Champions Tour.

• Roberts continues to get off to good starts in 2009. His 4-under-par 68 marked the fourth straight tournament he had opened with a round in the 60s and in 16 starts this year; he has posted just one round over par in the opening round (73 at the Senior PGA Championship).

• Defending champion Tom Kite opened with a 3-under-par 69 and is currently T6.

Jay Haas withdrew prior to the start of his round with tendinitis in his left elbow.

• Surprisingly, none of the 78 players in the field posted a bogey-free round on Friday.

• The most difficult hole on Friday was No. 11 with an average score of 4.308 (+.308 over par). Only three players managed to birdie the 462-yard hole -- McNulty, Lanny Wadkins and Gary Player. The easiest hole was No. 1. It yielded two eagles and 27 birdies.

Bob Gilder made his 139th consecutive appearance in events he's been eligible for on the Champions Tour. Gilder shot a 2-under-par 70.

• A total of 32 players in the 78-man field finished with rounds under par and 16 of those posted rounds in the 60s. The field averaged 72.603 for the day, a drop from last year's first-round average of 72.974.

• Harris led all player with just 24 putts, while Russ Cochran led in Greens in Regulation at 83.33% (15/18). Seven players were tied for the lead in Driving Accuracy at 92.86 (13/14). Mark Wiebe had the day's long drive a 353-yarder on No. 15.

• Doyle's 4-under-par 68 was his best start this year and his best start since the 2008 Toshiba Classic when he opened with a 4-under-par 67.

• No first-round leader has ever won this event and only four first-round leaders have gone on to win this year, including Bernhard Langer three times. Tom Lehman was the other, although he was teamed with Langer at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, a team event.