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2014 Boeing Classic at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, August 22-24, 2014, Snoqualmie, Wash.; Charles Schwab Cup points: 300; Par/Yards: 36-36—72/7,183; Purse: $2,000,000 - First-Round Notes – Friday, August 22, 2014

Weather: Partly cloudy with highs in the mid-70s and winds from the NW at 5-10 mph.

First-Round Leaderboard

1. Mike Goodes 32-32– 64 (-8) (pictured by Getty Images)
2. Mark Brooks 35-30– 65 (-7)
T3. Scott Hoch 35-31– 66 (-6)
Mark McNulty 33-33—66 (-6)
Mark O’Meara 32-34—66 (-6)
Gene Sauers 34-32—66 (-6)
Jeff Sluman 34-32—66 (-6)

Recap Of The Round: Mike Goodes had a feeling it was going to be a good day when he holed a 40-foot bunker shot for eagle at the first hole of the 2014 Boeing Classic. He turned out to be correct, adding six more birdies, including three in the last four holes, to fire a bogey-free 8-under 64. Goodes’ round was good enough for a one-stroke lead over Mark Brooks, a seven-time winner on the PGA TOUR. Brooks, seeking his first career victory on the Champions Tour, shot a six-under 30 on his opening nine holes, one stroke off the record on that side at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.

Mike Goodes (64/-8)

Goodes is making his seventh career appearance in the Boeing Classic and his previous-best finish at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge was T11 in 2012.

Goodes’ 8-under-par 64 today was his best score at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge (previous-best score was 66 in Rd. 2 of the 2009 event; previous-best in Round 1 at TPC Snoqualmie was 70 in both 2012, 2013).

Goodes’ round today was his fourth career 64 on the Champions Tour to go with two 63s. He shot 64 in early August at the 3M Championship in Minnesota.

Today marks the fourth time Goodes has held/shared the first-round lead on the Champions Tour and the first time he’s been in this position since he led after Friday at the 2013 Insperity Championship in Houston. He eventually lost in a playoff to Esteban Toledo at that event.

Goodes’ best finish on the Champions Tour in 2014 is a T6 at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic and sixth at the 3M Championship. He’s 33rd on the current money list with $345,658.

His lone victory on the Champions Tour came at the 2009 Allianz Championship, the first full-field event of the season that year.

Mark Brooks (65/-7)

Brooks is making his fourth appearance in the Boeing Classic and his best finish in other three trips to Seattle was T57 in 2013.

Brooks has five top-10 finishes over 80 career events on the Champions Tour and his career-best effort was a runner-up at the 2011 Principal Charity Classic.

Brooks equalled his low round of the year today (65/Rd. 4-Senior PGA Championship). His previous-best first round at the Boeing Classic was a 71 in 2012.

Brooks is currently 34th on the 2014 money list ($344,375), thanks to a pair of top-10 finishes – T5 Senior PGA Championship, T6 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS.

He won seven times on the PGA TOUR with his biggest victory coming at the 1996 PGA Championship, the last of three titles that season.

Tournament Notes

Goodes’ 8-under 64 today was the best first-round score at the Boeing Classic since Nick Price opened with a 9-under 63 on Friday in 2010.

In the previous nine Boeing Classics, no first-round leader has gone on to win the tournament.

Thus far in 2014, seven of the previous 17 events have been won by first-round leaders, including four of the last seven tournaments. No winner of a 54-hole event on the Champions Tour this year has come from further back than T6 position after the first round.

Defending champion John Riegger opened with 73. Mark Calcavecchia, the 2011 winner, shot 67, while Bernhard Langer (2010) had 70, Loren Roberts (2009) had 73 and two-time winner Tom Kite (2006, 2008) had 70.

Charles Schwab Cup leader Bernhard Langer, a five-time winner on the Champions Tour this year including three of his last five events, turned in a two-under 70 today, snapping his streak of consecutive scores in the 60s at 10 straight (started in Rd. 1 of Senior Open Championship). Langer made bogey at the par-4 2nd hole, ending his run of 66 straight holes without a bogey dating back to the 3M Championship. During his run of 10 straight scores in the 60s, Langer was a cumulative 56-under par, winning both the Senior Open Championship by 13 strokes, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open by a shot, and finishing second at the 3M Championship.

Gene Sauers celebrated his 52nd birthday today by carding a 6-under 66. Sauers was T4 last year at the Boeing Classic.

Mark McNulty’s 6-under-par 66 was his second-best score ever at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge over 25 rounds played here. It was McNulty’s first score in the 60s at the Boeing Classic since he shot 7-under 65 in Round 2 of the 2009 event.

Today’s first-round stroke average was 71.185 compared to 72.238 on Friday last year and 72.291 on Friday in 2012. There were 46 sub-par scores in Round 1 compared to 33 sub-par scores in Round 1 last year. The par-3 9th hole played as the most difficult (3.198), yielding just six birdies. The par-5 1st hole played as the easiest (4.568), yielding three eagles and 33 birdies. Two players made eagles on par-4s – Jeff Coston (No. 7) and Woody Austin (No. 12).

Jeff Coston (Blaine) had the best score among the three players in the field from Washington. Coston carded a 4-under 68, while World Golf Hall of Fame member Fred Couples (Seattle) had 71 and Rick Fehr (Seattle) had 72.

For the first time in Champions Tour history, three players who shot 59s played together in the same grouping. Chip Beck, the second player in PGA TOUR history to shoot 59, carded a two-under 70 while Paul Goydos, the fifth player to shoot 59 on the PGA TOUR, shot 71 today. Last week at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, Kevin Sutherland became the first player in Champions Tour history to shoot 59 and he had even par 72 today.

In addition to leader Mike Goodes, both Scott Hoch (66) and Doug Garwood (67) had bogey-free rounds today.…Marco Dawson, Dan Forsman, Doug Garwood, Mike Reid and Mark O’Meara hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation…Tom Pernice, Jr.’s 337-yard drive at the 15th hole was the longest measured drive of the day…Mark Brooks had the fewest putts by a player today, needing only 23 putts in Round 1.

Source: PGA TOUR

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