Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf - R1

Tom Pernice Jr. and Scott Hoch takes opening lead in Missouri

April 26-28
Big Cedar Lodge, Top of the Rock, Ridgedale, Missouri
$1,800,000
Round 2, Round 3


Tom Pernice Jr. and Scott Hoch teamed to shoot a 9-under 62 on Friday in best-ball play at Ozarks National to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.

The teams of Shaun Micheel-Loren Roberts, Ken Tanigawa-Gene Sauers and Roger Chapman-David Frost were a stroke back.

Pernice and Hoch had five straight birdies in the middle of the round.

”I got going early and I just kept filling it up and hitting some good shots,” Hoch said. ”I told him early, I said, ”Hey, I’ll get the front, you get the back,” and that’s kind of what happened.”

The 59-year-old Pernice has five victories on the 50-and-over tour. The 63-year-old Hoch has three senior victories.

”It’s just nice to come out here and play well,” Pernice said. ”It’s nice to get off to a good start. I think it’s important to get off to a good start in this format and to get this course done and now we can go over and play the same greens on the par 3 two days in a row.”


Micheel-Roberts and Chapman-Frost shot 63 at Ozarks National. Tanigawa-Sauers had an 8-under 46 on the Top of the Rock par-3 course, playing the first nine holes on the nine-hole layout in modified alternate shot and the second nine in best ball.

”It’s a lot of fun for me,” Tanigawa said. ”It’s something we don’t play, so to have the opportunity to have a partner like Gene, it sure makes it a lot easier.”

The team will rotate courses at Big Cedar Lodge on Saturday, then all play the final round Sunday on the par-3 course.

Defending champions Paul Broadhurst and Kirk Triplett had a 4-under 50 on the par-3 layout.

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Official World Golf Ranking

Golf Ranking
By GT Editor

Pos. Player
To Par
R1
1 Tom Pernice Jr. (TR)
-9
62
Scott Hoch (TR)
T2 Roger Chapman (TR)
-8
63
David Frost (TR)
T2 Shaun Micheel (TR)
-8
63
Loren Roberts (TR)
T2 Ken Tanigawa (OZ)
-8
46
Gene Sauers (OZ)
T5 Bart Bryant (TR)
-7
64
Brad Bryant (TR)
T5 Scott Parel (TR)
-7
64
Larry Mize (TR)
T5 Paul Goydos (OZ)
-7
47
Kevin Sutherland (OZ)
8 José María Olazábal (OZ)
-6
49
Miguel Angel Jiménez (OZ)