Doug Garwood Leads after Opening Round of SAS Championship

Current Leaderboard:
1. Doug Garwood 65/-7
2. Brad Faxon 66/-6
T3. Larry Mize 67/-5
T3. Bernhard Langer 67/-5
T5. 4 players tied at 68/-4

 

Doug Garwood fired a 7-under round with no bogeys to grab a one-stroke lead over Brad Faxon after the opening round of the SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Media at Prestonwood Country Club. Birdie-less through seven holes, Garwood finally found his groove on the par-4 eighth and went on to birdie seven of his last eleven holes.

Garwood is seeking his first PGA Tour victory at any level. He had one of his best finishes in his career just three weeks ago at the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship with a third place finish. In a post round interview Garwood said his round could have been lower if it wasn’t for four lip outs.

“When you shoot 7-under, everything's working.  I drove it well, hit the irons pretty good and I started making putts.  The putter was probably the best part, I made a lot of putts even with the lip outs,” Garwood said. He looks to continue his good start tomorrow, he tees off of hole one at 12:10pm with Brad Faxon and Larry Mize.

Coming off a top ten finish at last year’s SAS Championship, Brad Faxon continued his good play at Prestonwood Country Club. Faxon only had one birdie on the day and got hot late with five birdies on the back nine. Coming into the week Brad was 87th in the Charles Schwab Cup standings, fifteen spots away from securing a place in next week’s playoffs. If the tournament ended today he would find himself in the 54th position and eligible for next week’s PowerShares QQQ Championship, the first tournament of the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs.

Larry Mize was solid on the course all day with no bogeys and five birdies, including three straight finishing out the front nine. This was Mize’s fifth straight round in the 60’s, carrying momentum from last week’s Toshiba Classic at Newport Beach Country Club.

Current Charles Schwab Cup leader, Bernhard Langer, overcame a bogey on the first hole and goes into the second round tied for third. Langer’s round featured seven birdies, including three on par fives. Winner of the 2012 SAS Championship, he has also finished in the top ten in his last four starts here.

One player outside the top 72 who is trying to sneak into the Charles Schwab Cup standings is Michael Bradley who helped his cause by shooting a 4-under 68.

Defending champion Tom Lehman had a quiet day shooting an even par 72, with two birdies and two bogies.

Only one eagle on the course today courtesy of Joey Sindelar who holed out on the 389 yard par-4 eleventh hole.

Bernhard Langer wasn’t the only person to struggle on the first hole, it ended up being the hardest hole on the course with a scoring average of 4.225. Only five birdies were recorded against seventeen bogeys and 3 double bogeys.

Tomorrow’s first tee time is 10:00am with Woody Austin, Carlos Franco, and Billy Andrade teeing off hole one and Michael Allen, Tom Lehman, and P.H. Morgan III teeing of hole ten.

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