Round 1 Notebook: 3M Championship

August 06, 2010
Dave Senko, PGA TOUR Staff

Weather: A mix of sun and clouds with highs near 80. Winds were from the NNE and NNW at 5-15 mph.


• Current Leaderboard: 1 -- Tommy Armour III/(63/-9); T2 -- David Frost & Mark Calcavecchia (64/-8); T4 -- John Cook/Jeff Sluman (65/-7); T6 -- Tom Jenkins/Hal Sutton/Nick Price/David Peoples/(66/-6).

Tommy Armour III nearly matched the 3M Championship scoring record with his 9-under 63 on Friday. It was one shy of the tournament record 62 by Dana Quigley in the opening round in 2008 at the TPC Twin Cities.

• This marked the second time in 2010 that Armour had opened with a 63. He also did so at the Principal Charity Classic in June in Iowa where he finished second.

• Defending champion Bernhard Langer, who claimed the previous two Champions Tour events at the Senior British Open and the U.S. Senior Open, shot a 4-under-par 68 and is currently T16. Langer's string of consecutive holes without a bogey ended at 32 when he made a bogey at No. 9. Dating back to last week's U.S. Senior Open, Langer came into this week's event with one bogey in his previous 45 holes.

• Returning more than five months since his last start due to right shoulder surgery, Dana Quigley fired a 4-under-par 68 and is among nine players tied for 16th. Quigley was also sidelined in the latter portion of the 2009 following left shoulder surgery.

• A total of 45 players in the 78-man field posted sub-par rounds and 31 players posted rounds in the 60s and the opening-round scoring average was 70.603. A year ago, there were just 15 rounds in the 60s on Friday and 45 sub-par rounds with a field average of 71.506.

Mark Calcavecchia's 8-under-par 64 was his best round as a Champions Tour player and his round included a pair of eagles on the front nine (he started on No. 10). Calcavecchia had eagles on Nos. 3 and 6.

David Frost birdied all four par-3 holes on his way to an 8-under-par 64 and Calcavecchia had two eagles and two birdies on the four par-5 holes at the TPC Twin Cities.

Bob Gilder made his 160th consecutive start for events he has been eligible for on Thursday.

• For the seventh straight year, the Greats of Golf Challenge will be staged during the final two rounds. This year's 36-hole competition will be a three-man, better-ball format. Members of Team Ryder Cup include Billy Casper, Charles Coody and Andy North, while Team International will be comprised of Chi Chi Rodriguez, Lee Trevino and David Graham. The third entry will be Team Army with Arnold Palmer, Miller Barber and Don January.

• One of the interesting groupings on Saturday will be the 8:40 trio which includes Joey Sindelar, Mike Hulbert and Tom Kite. Sindelar and Hulbert are long-time friends from the Horseheads, N.Y. area.

• The most difficult hole on Friday was No. 9 with a scoring average of 4.205 (+.205), while No. 3 was the easiest at 4.590 (-.410),

Tommy Armour III, David Frost, Tom Jenkins, Jeff Sluman, Hal Sutton, Nick Price, David Peoples, John Jacobs, Larry Mize, Kirk Hanefeld, John Ross and Mike Goodes all posted bogey-free rounds.

• Hal Sutton hit all 18 Greens in Regulation to lead in that category and also posted a 6-under-par 66.