Round 1 Notebook: McGladrey Classic

October 07, 2010
John Bush, PGA TOUR staff

Weather: Mostly sunny. High of 79. Winds NW shifting to ESE 5-10 mph.

John Rollins carded a bogey-free 7-under 63 to take a one-stroke lead over David Toms and Troy Merritt after the first round of the inaugural McGladrey Classic -- the second of the five-event PGA TOUR Fall Series.

John Rollins

• Three-time PGA TOUR winner John Rollins turned in a season-best 63 on Thursday, bettering by one the 64 he carded in the opening round of the Wyndham Championship. His score fell just one shy of his career-low round on the PGA TOUR -- a 62 set during the second round of the 2009 Reno-Tahoe Open en route to one of his seven career runner-up finishes on TOUR.

• Rollins has opened four out of his last five events with rounds of 66 or better:

Tournament R1 score Finish
The Greenbrier Classic 65 T21
Wyndham Championship 64 T3
The Barclays 76 MC
Deutsche Bank Championship 66 T45
McGladrey Classic 63 TBD

• Currently No. 72 on the official money list, Rollins is seeking his 10th top-25 finish of the season in his 24th start. He posted season-best finishes at the Wyndham Championship (T3) and the Sony Open in Hawaii (T8).

• This represents the second first-round lead/co-lead for Rollins on the PGA TOUR. He eventually finished T31 after sharing the first-round lead at the 2006 Wyndham Championship.

David Toms

David Toms, fresh off of top-15 finishes in his last two starts (T15-BMW Championship, T11-Viking Classic), opened the McGladrey Classic with a 6-under 64.

• Toms is currently No. 58 on the official money list, with a runner-up finish at the Wyndham Championship his only top-10 finish in 24 previous starts.

Troy Merritt

• PGA TOUR rookie and 2009 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament Medalist Troy Merritt posted a career-best 6-under 64 on Thursday. His previous best round was a 65 during the opening round of the Sony Open in Hawaii -- the first round of his career on TOUR.

• Merritt is making his 26thstart of the season, with a third-place finish at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans his lone top-10 finish. He sits No. 123 on the official money list.

Joe Durant

Joe Durant recorded a 5-under 65 on Thursday in his 17th start of the season. Two of his three top-25 finishes this season have come in his last two starts, finishing T12 at the Wyndham Championship and T20 at the Viking Classic. Durant posted his season-best finish at the Mayakoba Golf Classic (T2).

• Currently No. 131 on the official money list, Durant is looking for a good finish in the Fall Series to jump into the top 125 in earnings to secure his PGA TOUR card for 2011. He has not finished inside the top 125 on the money list since a career-best 13thplace finish in 2006.

Steve Marino

Steve Marino began his round on the back nine on Thursday and made the turn at 3-over 38. He then went bogey-free over the final nine holes to record a 6-under 29 (just one shy of the best nine-hole score of the season) and an opening-round 3-under 67.

Bill Haas

Bill Haas, winner of last week's Viking Classic, opened on Thursday with a 3-under 67. Standing at just 1-over with four holes to play, he went birdie-eagle-birdie-par on Nos. 6-9 to move into red figures. The TOUR has yet to have a player win in back-to-back weeks this season. The last player to win in back-to-back weeks was Tiger Woods at the 2009 Buick Open and World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

Chris Kirk

Chris Kirk -- a two-time winner this season on the Nationwide Tour (Fort Smith Classic, Knoxville News Sentinel Open) -- recorded a 2-under 68 on Thursday in his first PGA TOUR start of the season. The former golf standout at the University of Georgia is a resident of St. Simons Island and is playing this week on a Sponsor's Exemption.

Miscellaneous Stats

• The first-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win nine of 41 stroke-play events on TOUR this year, most recently by Bill Haas at the Viking Classic.

Carl Pettersson carded one of 19 birdies on Kodak Challenge hole No. 13 on Thursday at the McGladrey Classic to move to 12-under-par, two strokes behind Kodak Challenge leader Rickie Fowler. His 134-yard approach shot landed 14 inches from the cup for the easy birdie. Troy Merritt, the top ranked Kodak Challenge contender at Sea Island, parred No. 13 to remain 13-under. The winner of the competition, which concludes at the Children's Miracle Network Classic, will receive $1 million.

• Bogey-free rounds:

R1: 63 -- John Rollins; 65 -- Rich Barcelo; 67 -- Jeff Maggert, Paul Stankowski; 68 -- Pat Perez; 69 -- Kevin Stadler

• Fifty-seven players (out of 132) posted sub-par rounds on Thursday, with 81 posting par-or-better rounds.

• Scoring Averages at the par-70 Seaside Course:

Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative
Thursday 34.962 34.962 69.924 ---

• The par-3 third hole played the toughest on Thursday, yielding a 3.288 average. The par-5 15thhole was the easiest with a 4.568 average.