Notebook, Round 1: Reno-Tahoe Open

July 15, 2010
Mark Stevens

Weather: Mostly sunny with afternoon temperatures reaching 92 degrees. Light and variable winds in the morning changed to W-NW at 7-15 mph, gusting to 15-25 mph.

Matt Bettencourt shot a 6-under 66 to hold a one shot lead over Chris DiMarco after the first round of the Reno-Tahoe Open.

Matt Bettencourt, the Nationwide Tour money-leader in 2008, has made only eight of 21 cuts on TOUR this season.

Matt Bettencourt has shot rounds in the 60s in four of his last five rounds on TOUR. That follows a string of 30 of 32 rounds in the 70s and 80s dating back to the Transitions Championship in March. During that time he missed nine of 13 cuts.

Matt Bettencourt has not held a first-round lead/co-lead in 52 previous starts on TOUR. His previous best position after the first round was T3 at the 2009 John Deere Classic (T39).

Chris DiMarco (67) finished T21 at the 2000 Reno-Tahoe Open and T26 last year in his only other appearance. Prior to today, his best round at Montreux was a 69.

Chris DiMarco has made 10 of 15 cuts this season along with a WD and a DQ. A T25 at the AT&T National is his best finish this season.

Since 2006, Chris DiMarco has only recorded two top-10 finishes on TOUR. His last top 10 was in Nevada at the 2008 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.

Chris DiMarco has not held a first-round lead/co-lead on TOUR since the 2005 Zurich Classic of New Orleans (T3).

Woody Austin (69) has now shot par-or-better in his last seven rounds dating back to the Travelers Championship.

Woody Austin has recorded three-or-more top 10s for the last seven years on TOUR. He only has one this season.

Making his first start on TOUR this season, via a sponsor exemption, Todd Fischer shot a 3-under 69. Fischer played four full seasons on TOUR from 2003-2006.

Todd Fischer is making his seventh start in the Reno-Tahoe Open. He finished 3rd in 2005 and T9 in 2007.

Will MacKenzie (68), who won the 2006 Reno-Tahoe Open, is looking for his first top 10 of the season. MacKenzie has at least one top 10 every year on TOUR since 2005.

At the 2006 Reno-Tahoe Open, MacKenzie opened with a 63 to capture the first-round lead. MacKenzie last shot a round in the 60s at Montreux during the first round in 2007.

Henderson, Nevada native Craig Barlow (69) has made all five of his cuts on TOUR this season, including his last at the U.S. Open. In 2009, Barlow played only five events on TOUR and made only one cut.

Craig Barlow has not recorded a top 10 since he finished 3rd at the 2006 Nissan Open.

Craig Barlow is making his 11th start at the Reno-Tahoe Open. He has made six cuts and has one top 10 (T6 -- 2003). Barlow missed the cuts last year and 2008 was the only year he did not compete in the Reno-Tahoe Open.

Defending champion John Rollins (71) is attempting to become just the second player to successfully defend at Montreux Golf and Country Club since the tournament began in 1999. Vaughn Taylor won the Reno-Tahoe Open back-to-back in 2004 and 2005.

Chad Campbell (69) is making his second start at the Reno-Tahoe Open (T44-2002).

Jim Gallagher, Jr. (69) is making his fifth start at the Reno-Tahoe Open. His only cut here came in his first start at Montreux in 1999 (T73).

Jim Gallagher, Jr., winner of five TOUR events, has not had a top-25 finish on TOUR since the 2004 season.

Jim Gallagher, Jr. played his 1,680th round on TOUR today in his 544th event. He will turn 50 in March.

Since the Reno-Tahoe Open's inception in 1999, five players have made the Reno-Tahoe Open their maiden TOUR victory: Notah Begay III (1999), Chris Riley (2002), Vaughn Taylor (2004), Will MacKenzie (2006) and Parker McLachlin (2008).

In the 11 previous Legends Reno-Tahoe Opens, the par-4 eighth hole has played as the most-difficult hole seven times, including in 2009. In 2004, it was the 22nd-most-difficult hole on the PGA TOUR, playing to a stroke average of 4.332. It's the only time a hole at Montreux Golf and Country Club has made it to the TOUR's "toughest 25" list.

Montreux Golf and Country Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus in 1997, is one of eight courses either designed or re-designed by Nicklaus that will serve as the host course for a PGA TOUR event in 2010. The other seven are: Nicklaus Private at PGA West (Bob Hope Classic), The Ritz Carlton Golf Club Dove Mountain (WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship), PGA National Resort & Spa (The Honda Classic), Muirfield Village Golf Club (the Memorial), St. George's Golf & CC (RBC Canadian Open) and Annandale Golf Club (Viking Classic).

The first-round leader/co-leader has only gone on to victory six of 28 times on TOUR this season.

Scoring Averages at the par-72 Montreux Golf & Country Club:
  Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative
Thursday: 36.744 36.864 73.608 ---

Today was the highest first-round stroke average (73.608) in tournament history. The only other times the first-round stroke average reached 73 was in 2009 (73.092) and 2000 (73.327).

Bogey-free rounds:

Thursday: Jarrod Lyle (69), John Mallinger (69)

Brian Bateman (back) withdrew during the first round.