Round 1 notebook: Pacific Links Hawai'i ChampionshipSeptember 15, 2012
Champions Tour staff
Weather: A mix of sun and clouds with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Winds from the ENE at 10-15 mph with gusts to 20 mph.
• Peter Senior posted a bogey-free 7-under-par 65 and holds a one-stroke margin over Bill Glasson and Jay Don Blake after the first round of the inaugural Pacific Links Hawaii Championship. It marks the first time Senior has held sole possession of the first-round lead since the 2010 Ensure Classic in North Carolina.
• Prior to this event, Senior had posted top-10 finishes in two of his previous three starts. He was T37 in his most recent start at the Boeing Classic near Seattle, but was T7 in his two starts prior to that at the 3M Championship and the Dick's Sporting Goods Open. With his 7-under-par 65 today, nine of his last 10 rounds have now been under par.
• This is the Champions Tour's first event on the island of Oahu since the Turtle Bay Championship was contested at the Palmer Course at Turtle Bay on the North Shore from 2001-08. There was no event in 2004.
• Jay Don Blake continued his solid play with a 6-under-par 66 to earn a share of second place with Bill Glasson, one behind Peter Senior. Blake is coming off a victory at the Boeing Classic where he defeated Mark O'Meara in a two-hole playoff for his third career win.
• Rick Fehr had a nice showing in his first start on the Champions Tour, firing a 2-under-par 70. He is currently T16. Fehr had a dozen one-putts.
• Mike Reid has now gone 164 consecutive holes without a three-putt.
• Among the players competing in this tournament is Dave Eichelberger. The 69-year-old Eichelberger, who now resides in Hawaii, was competing in his 471st career event on the Champions Tour. He has played in a combined 1,251 events on the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour, second to only Miller Barber with 1,293. Eichelberger owns six Champions Tour victories.
• Tom Lehman has a good opportunity to extend his lead in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race. He is the current leader with 2,043 points, 150 better than Bernhard Langer, who is not in the field this week. In addition, Roger Chapman, who is currently third, is also missing this event. Lehman fired a 4-under-par 68 on Friday and is T6.
• Willie Wood has also been one of the recent standouts on the Champions Tour. He won a playoff at Dick's Sporting Goods Open to defeat Michael Allen and followed with a third-place finish the next week at the Boeing Classic in his last start.
• The first-round scoring average was 72.037 (+.037). There were 15 rounds in the 60s and 36 players finished under par.
• Hole No. 13 was the most difficult with an average score of 4.272. There were five birdies, 51 pars, 24 bogeys and one triple bogey. While No. 17 was the hardest, No. 17 was the easiest with an average score of 4.383 (-.617). There were three eagles and 45 birdies.
• Mark Brooks had 13 one-putts on Friday and had just nine putts on his front nine (Nos. 10-18) and needed just 22 putts overall, fewest by any player in the 81-man field.
• Gary McCord is T9 after the opening round. It is his first start since the Toshiba Classic in March.
• Duffy Waldorf and Gene Sauers, two of the newest members of the Champions Tour, also had nice efforts in the first round. The pair made their debuts in the previous event at the Boeing Classic. Waldorf shot a 4-under-par 68 on Friday and is T4, while Sauers is T16 after a 2-under-par 70.