Notebook: Montreal Championship, Round 1

September 06, 2013
By Dave Senko, Champions Tour staff

Weather: Sunny and breezy with highs in the mid-60s. Winds were from the SW at 15-25 mph.

Current Leaderboard: Dick Mast 34-35-69 (-3); Kenny Perry 37-33-70 (-2); Mark Brooks 38-33-71 (-1), Mike Reid 36-35-71 (-1), Bernhard Langer 35-36-71 (-1), Tom Pernice Jr. 36-35-71 (-1), David Frost 38-33-71 (-1)

-- Dick Mast ignored windy conditions to post the low round of the day at the windy Richelieu Valley (Rouville) Golf and Country Club, a 3-under 69. Mast’s effort gave him the first-round lead at the fourth annual Montreal Championship. Mast birdied his first three holes and played even-par golf for his remaining 15 holes, but it was good enough to claim the top spot. Players battled gusty winds all day that reached 30 mph at times and only seven players finished with rounds below par. Kenny Perry, the current Charles Schwab Cup and money leader, is second overall, one behind Mast after a 2-under 70. Five others trail by two strokes.

-- This is the first time Mast has held sole possession of a lead in a Tour event since May 1993, when he led after the opening round at the PGA TOUR's Southwestern Bell Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas. He eventually finished T22.

-- Mast’s best showing after the first round in a Champions Tour event was a tie for first at the 2006 Administaff Small Business Classic in Houston where he finished fourth in the weather-shortened event.

-- So far in 2013, just six of the previous 19 first-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win a Champions Tour event. The last to do so was Rocco Mediate last week at the Shaw Charity Classic.

-- None of the 80 players in the field made a birdie on No. 7, which ranked as the most difficult hole with an average score of 4.450 (+.450). There were 30 bogeys and three doubles on the hole. The easiest hole was No. 14 at 4.675 (-.325). There were 33 birdies.

-- The scoring average for the field was 74.675, the second-highest scoring average in an opening round this year in a non-major. The Insperity Championship’s opening-round average was the highest overall this year at 75.778. A year ago the field averaged 72.383 at this event,  which was staged at the Vercheres Course here at Richelieu Valley.

-- Jay Don Blake ran his streak of consecutive holes without a three-putt to 230 on Friday. Blake shot a 2-over 73. He needed just nine putts, including seven one putts on his front nine (he started at No. 10).

-- None of the 80 players in the field posted a bogey-free round on Friday.

-- Rod Spittle, a two-time Canadian Amateur champion, is the highest-ranked of three Canadian players in the field. He is currently T8. Jim Rutledge is T53 and Marc Girouard is T70.

-- Defending champion Mark Calcavecchia opened with a 2-over-par 74 and is currently T27. The 2011 champion John Cook is T53 and 2010 winner Larry Mize is T27.

-- Ken Green turned in an impressive showing in his first start in an official Champions Tour event this year. Green posted a 1-over 73 and is currently T16.