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Thomas Bjørn leads after Round 1 at Invited Celebrity Classic

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    Written by Staff @PGATOUR

    Things to Know

    • Format: The Invited Celebrity Classic features 78 PGA TOUR Champions professionals (54 holes of stroke play) alongside 40 celebrities (54 holes of Modified Stableford scoring).
    • A 36-hole cut will reduce the field to the top 50 and ties (Champions Tour) and top 30 (Celebrity division)
    • On the heels of a runner-up finish in his only other PGA TOUR Champions start this season, the Trophy Hassan II, Denmark’s Thomas Bjørn birdies No.18 to claim solo possession of the lead.
    • 2022 champion and last year’s runner-up Mardy Fish leads the celebrity division with +37 points.

    Thomas Bjørn, 32-32—64 (-7)

    • Following a runner-up finish in his only other start this season at the Trophy Hassan II, 53-year-old Denmark native opened his first Invited Celebrity Classic with a bogey-free 7-under 64.
    • Was 6-under through 12 holes, before finishing with five pars and a birdie (No. 18).
    • Best 18-hole position in a 54-hole PGA TOUR Champions event before this week was T9 at the 2024 Trophy Hassan II (finished 2nd).
    • Winner of 19 International victories.

    Other Notes

    • Beginning on No. 10, Jerry Kelly made the turn in 1-under 34; birdied five of his last eight holes to post a 6-under 65; was a perfect 13-for-13 in fairways hit; in the Invited Celebrity Classic’s two previous contests of 2022 and 2023, finished sixth and T4, respectively; seeks a 12th career win on PGA TOUR Champions and first since the 2022 Shaw Charity Classic.
    • After making the turn in 2-under, Paul Broadhurst birdied four of his last six holes to open with a 6-under 65; hit 17-of-18 greens in regulation; in two previous Invited Celebrity Classic starts, finished T7 in 2022 and T11 in 2023; seeks a sixth win on PGA TOUR Champions and first since the 2018 Ally Challenge.
    • With nine birdies and three bogeys, Y.E. Yang made just one par on his first 13 holes (par-3 sixth); made par on each of his last five holes, good for a 6-under 65; posted a career-best five straight birdies on Nos. 7-11 (previous record: four); remains in search of his first win on PGA TOUR Champions in his 58th start; best finish: 2nd/2022 Ascension Charity Classic.
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