Round 1 notebook: Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic

April 30, 2010
PGA TOUR staff

Weather: Overcast skies with highs in the low 80s and a brief shower late in the day. Winds were from the SE at 10-20 mph.


Recap of the Round: Bob Tway, making his 16th career start on the Champions Tour, and 63-year-old Leonard Thompson shot 5-under 67s to share the opening-round lead in the inaugural Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. Thompson's round at Fallen Oak included seven birdies while Tway, who will celebrate his 51st birthday on May 4, played his last 14 holes on the course in 5- under. For Thompson, this marked the first time he's been in the lead after the first round of a Champions Tour event since holding sole possession of the top spot at the 2007 FedEx Kinko's Classic. Tway held a share of the first-round lead earlier this year at the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, Calif.

• In the first-ever round for the Champions Tour at Fallen Oak, there were only nine scores in the 60s and 32 professionals broke par. The field average on the par-72 course was 72.390. The most difficult hole was the par-3 17th (3.338), yielding just five birdies. The par-4 2nd hole gave up only two birdies (Tom Purtzer, Hal Sutton). The par-5 6th hole was the easiest (4.403), yielding the only three eagles of the day as well as 41 birdies.

• Two professionals made their Champions Tour debuts. Jodie Mudd, a four-time winner on the PGA TOUR who was playing in his first Tour event since the 1996 Buick Invitational, carded a 2-over 74. Bobby Clampett, the winner of the 1982 Southern Open on the PGA TOUR, posted an even 72. Clampett turned 50 on April 22 while Mudd turned 50 years one day later.

• Champions Tour rookie David Peoples carded a 4-under 68 and had the only bogey-free round of the day.

Bob Gilder made his 152nd consecutive start that he's been eligible for and opened with a 1-over-par 73 today. The last time Gilder missed an event he was eligible to play in was the 2004 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn in North Carolina.

• Jim Roy recorded the first birdie in tournament history when he made a four at the par-5 first hole.

Denis Watson withdrew from the event after nine holes due to sickness.