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2014 Charles Schwab Cup Championship (the last of 26 Charles Schwab Cup events on the 2014 Champions Tour), Scottsdale, AZ, October 30-November 2, 2014; Purse: $2,500,000 ($440,000/880 Charles Schwab Cup points to the winner), Desert Mountain Club (Cochise) , Par/Yards: 35-35–70/6,929 - First-Round Notes – Thursday, October 30, 2014

Weather: Sunny with highs in the mid-80s and winds from the SSW at 10-15 mph.

First-Round Leaderboard

Player Score Position

Charles Schwab Cup Position Entering Week

Tom Pernice, Jr. 34-31–65 (-5)

1

No. 9—1,012 points

Bernhard Langer 31-35–66 (-4)

T2

No. 1—3,836 points

Joe Durant 33-33–66 (-4)

T2

No. 16—811 points

Jay Haas 35-31–66 (-4)

T2

No. 3—1,953 points

Kenny Perry 33-33–66 (-4)

T2

No. 4—1,633 points

Round 1 Recap

Tom Pernice, Jr. (pictured by Getty Images) used five birdies on his second nine, including one on the final hole, to carve out a 5-under-par 65 and forge a one-stroke lead over four players, including 2014 Charles Schwab Cup champion Bernhard Langer, after the first round of the 25th Charles Schwab Cup Championship.. Pernice made just one birdie on his first nine, but managed to record four birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine to move to 5-under. Despite making a bogey at No. 17, he recovered with a birdie at the par-5 18th to close out his round at 5-under.

Tom Pernice, Jr. (65/-5)

Making his fourth career appearance in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship this week and best tournament finish is a T5 in 2010. Did not play at Desert Mountain in 2012.

Holds sole possession of a first-round lead for the second time in his Champions Tour career. Earlier this year at the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship, Pernice shot 12-under 60 in the opening round.

His 5-under-par 65 today matched the 65 he had in the opening round of the 2010 Charles Schwab Cup Championship as his lowest score in a season-ending event.

Earlier this year, defeated Doug Garwood in a playoff to win The Principal Charity Classic for his third career victory on the Champions Tour.

Won twice on the PGA TOUR – 1999 Buick Open. 2001 The INTERNATIONAL Presented By Qwest.

Championship Notes:

With Bernhard Langer having clinched the Charles Schwab Cup last week, he’s now attempting to surpass Hale Irwin’s single-season earnings record ($3,028,304 in 2002). If the Charles Schwab Cup Championship ended today, here’s the projected final 2014 money totals:

                     Player

2014 money total/rank coming into the Charles Schwab Cup Championship

Projected final 2014 official money total/rank

Bernhard Langer

$2,916,189/1st

1st/$3,111,939

Colin Montgomerie

$1,906,381/2nd

2nd/$1,942,595

Jay Haas

$1,685,974/3rd

3rd/1,881,724

Defending champion Fred Couples opened with a one-over 71 today (T19). In four previous appearances at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, Couples had never been out of the 60s in the opening round. The last time a player successfully defended a Champions Tour title on two different courses was at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship when John Cook won in 2009 at Sonoma Golf Club and then claimed a second consecutive title at TPC Harding Park the following year.

On the 2014 Champions Tour, eight first-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win. In the previous 24 Charles Schwab Cup Championships, a first-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win nine times with John Cook being the last champion to do so in 2010.

Making his 10th straight appearance in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, Jay Haas’ 4-under 66 extended his streak of par/better rounds to 37 in a row, tying Loren Roberts’ all-time record of 37 straight (2006/2007).  Haas has just one round over par this year (Rd. 3/73/Regions Tradition) and has not had a round over par in over six months! In addition to his recent victory at the Greater Hickory Kia Classic, Haas has 16th top-10 finishes on the 2014 campaign.

A total of 11 new players made their first appearance in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, including nine rookies  – Joe Durant (r)-(66/-4); Billy Andrade (r)-(68/-2);  Wes Short, Jr. (r)-(69/-1); Scott Dunlap (r)-(69/-1); Marco Dawson (r)-(69/-1); Paul Goydos (r)-(70/E); Jeff Maggert (r)-(70/E); Woody Austin (r)-(71/+1); Colin Montgomerie-(71/+1); Doug Garwood (r)- (74/+4); Mark Brooks (74/+4).  In the history of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, eight players have won this event in their first appearance. No player has ever picked up their first career victory on the Champions Tour at this event.

Here’s how the four players in the field with ties to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area did in Round 1:

Kenny Perry – (2009 Waste Management Phoenix Open winner) – 66 (-4)
Kirk Triplett (Scottsdale) – 69 (-1)

Michael Allen (Scottsdale) – 69 (-1)
Tom Lehman (Scottsdale) – 71 (+1)

Two years ago when the Charles Schwab Cup Championship was held on the Cochise Course at Desert Mountain Club, Jay Don Blake was the first-round leader with 6-under-par 64. The field scoring average on Thursday was 69.800 vs. 69.133 on Thursday in 2012. There were 14 rounds in the 60s today compared to 18 sub-70 scores on Thursday in 2012. Today there were 108 birdies and Joe Durant made the lone eagle (No. 8). Two years ago in Round 1, there were 118 birdies and two eagles. No player in the field had a bogey-free round today.

The par-4 12th hole played as the most difficult in Round 1 (4.467) with no birdies made on the hole. Half of the field birdied the par-5 8th hole as well as Joe Durant’s eagle and it played as the easiest (4.467).

Source: PGA TOUR

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Graham J Gordon, The Editor and Owner, GolfblogspotUK

The GolfblogspotUK website is owned and run by former Walker Cup player and European Tour card holder, Graham J Gordon, from Scotland, the Home of Golf. The owner is a golf fanatic who had to retire early from competitive tour play due to a back injury that required surgery. Graham wishes to share his knowledge and own experiences of the game with the GolfblogspotUK community and to receive your feedback on all aspects of the sport. Graham has been playing the game for over 20 years and received a great deal of pleasure from the sport. He has met several friends and visited many different places around the world, thanks to playing the great game of golf. Time to put a little back into the game to help others.

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