Round 1 notebook, U.S. Senior Open

July 12, 2012
Phil Stambaugh, Champions Tour staff

Weather: Mostly sunny skies with temperatures in the low 80s and winds from the east at 6-12 mph.

62-year-old Tom Kite shot 65 in the morning and holds a one-stroke lead over journeyman Lance Ten Broeck and Germany's Bernhard Langer after the first round of the 33rd U.S. Senior Open Championship. Kite opened the championship by going out in 7-under 28 on the front nine at Indianwood but a double-bogey at No. 17 brought him back to 5-under. In the afternoon wave, Corey Pavin finished his round with an apparent 5-under-par score, but after the round, he was assessed a penalty when video replay confirmed his ball had moved while he was playing No. 14 (his fifth hole of the day (Rule 18-2b).


Current Leaderboard -- 1. Tom Kite 28-37-65 (-5); T2. Lance Ten Broeck 33-33-66 (-4), Bernhard Langer 35-31-66 (-4); T4. Fred Funk 33-34-67 (-3), Mikael Hogberg 36-31-67 (-3), Corey Pavin 35-32-67 (-3), Tom Pernice Jr. 31-36-67 (-3), Jeff Sluman 34-33-67 (-3)

Tom Kite (28-37--65/-5)

• Making his 12th career appearance in the U.S. Senior Open. Best finish was third in 2000 and 2002 and T3 in 2004.

• Is making his 15th career appearance on the 2012 Champions Tour and best finish is a T2 at the Toshiba Classic.

• Was the 18- and 36-hole co-leader last week at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach before eventually finishing T9 on the Monterey Peninsula.

• His 65 today was his low round of the 2012 season and also matched his low score in a U.S. Senior Open (Rd. 3/2004).

• His 7-under 28 on the front nine not only was a U.S Senior Open record, but also was the lowest scoring total for nine holes in any USGA championship. Kite broke the mark of 29 shot by Olin Browne at Inverness last year on the back nine of the third round. His first nine today included an eagle at the fourth hole and five birdies.

• Kite's 28 today also matched Peter Senior's 28 in the final round of the Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores Golf Club (Benton Harbor, Mich.) as the low 9-hole score on the Champions Tour this year.

• Kite's 28 also equaled his career-low score for nine holes on the Champions Tour. Last year on his opening nine of the second round of the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn, Kite shot 28, becoming the first player in Champions Tour history to make three eagles on the same nine.

• Prior to today, the last time Kite was a first-round leader in a major championship was when he held sole possession of the top spot after Thursday at the 2010 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. He eventually finished T16 in Maryland that year.

• At 62, Kite is the oldest leader/co-leader after the first round of a major since 65-year-old Dave Stockton shared the lead on Thursday at the 2007 Senior British Open Championship at Muirfield, Scotland.

Bernhard Langer (35-31� 66/-4)

• Making his fifth appearance in the U.S. Senior Open and won the championship in 2010 at Sahalee Country Club near Seattle.

• Has nine top-10s in his previous 11 tournaments on the 2012 Champions Tour, including a T2 at the Regions Tradition and T4 at the Senior PGA Championship.

• His 66 today was his 18th score in the 60s in 31 stroke-play rounds this year and was his best round in a U.S. Senior Open since posting a 66 on Sunday at the 2008 event.

Lance Ten Broeck (33-33--66/-4)

• Making his fifth career start on the Champions Tour and second appearance in 2012 (T71-Principal Charity Classic).

• Making his first appearance in the U.S. Senior Open and shot 69 at the Paramus, N.J., sectional to qualify.

• Played in 349 PGA TOUR events in his career and best finish in an official event was second at the 1991 Chattanooga Classic. Also won the unofficial Magnolia Classic in 1984.

• Best finish in a U.S. Open was T31 in 1991.

• Has recently caddied for several big-name players on the PGA TOUR -- Robert Allenby and Jesper Parnevik.

Miscellaneous Notes

Tom Lehman three-putted his final hole of the day to shoot even-par 70 and saw his streak of consecutive rounds in the 60s end at 12 straight, one short of Hale Irwin's all-time record of 13 in a row set during the 1999 season. It marked the second time in his Champions Tour career that Lehman missed out on a chance to tie Irwin's all-time mark. In 2011, Lehman opened the season with 12 straight scores in the 60s, but shot 73 in the first round of the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.

• First-round leaders have won just three of the first 14 events on the Champions Tour this year. Roger Chapman was the last first-round leader to win when he claimed the Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich.

• Prior to Olin Browne's wire-to-wire triumph last year at Inverness, the last first-round leader to win the U.S. Senior Open was Peter Jacobsen who opened the 2004 U.S. Senior Open at Bellerive Country Club with a 6-under 65.

Damon Green, normally the caddie for Zach Johnson on the PGA TOUR, is skipping this week's John Deere Classic to play in the U.S. Senior Open. Green shot 68 today at Indianwood, the same score his boss posted at the par-71 TPC Deere Run course in Silvis, Ill.

• Defending champion Olin Browne and Kirk Triplett, last week's winner at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, both posted 1-under 71s today.

David Frost withdrew after eight holes with a back injury while Billy Tuten withdrew before the event and was replaced in the field by Dan Bieber. Barry Mahlberg was disqualified after shooting an 8-over 78. Mahlberg violated Rule 14-3, using a practice device during the round.