Notebook: Principal Charity Classic, Rd. 1

May 31, 2013

By Phil Stambaugh, Champions Tour staff

Weather: Sunny and breezy with winds from the SW at 10-20 mph. Temperatures were in the mid-70s during the afternoon. Preferred lies were used due to wet conditions early in the week.

First-Round Leaderboard: Scott Hoch 35-34—69 (-3), Dan Forsman 35-34—69 (-3), Tom Lehman 36-33—69 (-3), Duffy Waldorf 36-33—69 (-3); Mark Calcavecchia 36-34—70 (-2), Bobby Clampett 34-36—70 (-2), Doug Garwood 36-34—70 (-2), Hale Irwin 35-35—70 (-2), Corey Pavin 34-36—70 (-2), Loren Roberts 36-34—70 (-2), Esteban Toledo 37-33—70 (-2

-- With a steady breeze of 10-20 mph, four players struggled to match 69s at The Wakonda Club and they share the opening-round lead at the 13th annual Principal Charity Classic. Duffy Waldorf, a rookie on the Champions Tour, was first in the house after making up-and-down saves for par on each of the last three holes. Dan Forsman, a former winner on the PGA TOUR in 1985 at the John Deere Classic, had a clutch chip-in birdie at the par-5 13th hole that led to his 3-under round. Both Tom Lehman and Scott Hoch joined the group thanks to a birdie for each on the final hole. It was the highest first-round score ever to lead The Principal Charity Classic and marked the first time as many as four players were tied for the top spot in Des Moines. The previous mark came in 2009 when three players (Olin Browne, Lonnie Nielsen and Bruce Vaughan) shot 4-under 67 at Glen Oaks Country Club. It was also the second time in 2013 that four players were tied for the opening-round lead (Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic). It also marked the second time in the last three Champions Tour events that 3-under was the lead score after Round 1 (Mike Goodes/Insperity Championship.)

-- Just three of the previous 12 first-round leaders/co-leaders at this event have gone on to win – D.A. Weibring (2004), Tom Jenkins (2005), Jay Haas (2007). Thus far in 2013, three of the previous nine tournaments have been won by first-round leaders.

-- In his quest for a fourth Champions Tour victory in Des Moines, defending champion Jay Haas rallied from being two-over after the first six holes to post a one-under 71 (T13), his sixth straight sub-par score in The Principal Charity Classic. When Jay Haas won in 2007, he was tied for the first-round lead and a year later, he successfully defended his title despite being four strokes back and T20 after Round 1. Last year after play on Friday, Haas was T2 and just two strokes off the lead.

-- Charles Schwab Cup leader Bernhard Langer made consecutive 30-foot birdie putts on the final two holes to post an even-par 72. Langer’s run of bogey-free holes dating back to last week’s Senior PGA Championship ended at 56 straight after a bogey at No. 2. today.

-- Hale Irwin, the Champions Tour’s all-time victory leader, opened with a 70 for the fourth time in the last five appearances in this event. Irwin turns 68 years of age on Monday. His best finish in Des Moines in eight previous appearances is a T3 in 2002.

-- Open qualifier Doug Garwood, making his Champions Tour debut this week, started The Principal Charity Classic with a 2-under 70 (T5). Garwood, a two-time All-America at Fresno State, made 95 career starts on the Tour and his best finish was a playoff loss at the 2002 State Farm Open.

-- World Golf Hall of Fame member Curtis Strange carded a 3-over 75 in his first appearance in The Principal Charity Classic. Ian Woosnam, a former European Ryder Cup captain, shot 1-over 73 in his first start in this event since 2009.

-- Only one player in the field didn’t make a bogey today, but two-time major champion Mark O’Meara had the strangest round on Friday as a result. O’Meara posted a two-over 74 and his round included 15 pars, two double-bogeys and a hole-out with a wedge on the par-4 18th hole for an eagle to finish.

-- Wakonda Club showed its teeth in Round 1. The field scoring average on Friday was 73.469 (+1.469), the highest for any round in this event since the final day in 2004 (2.182). The highest single-round average in relation to par at this tournament was in the first round in 2004 at the par-71 Glen Oaks Country Club (+2.247/73.247).

-- The par-4 third hole played as the most difficult in Round 1 (4.444) and yielded just two birdies (Mark McNulty & Jim Thorpe). The par-5 13th hole played as the easiest (4.494), giving up 43 birdies. Overall, there were 217 birdies made on Friday this year compared to 281 birdies in Round 1 last year at Glen Oaks Country Club.

-- Just four players have now played in every Principal Charity Classic – Vicente Fernandez, Bob Gilder, Tom Jenkins and Gil Morgan.