Bridgestone Senior Players Championship R1

Stricker leading as play suspended

July 11-14
Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio
$2,800,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Steve Stricker topped the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship leaderboard at 5 under with a hole to play Thursday when the first round was suspended for the day because of lightning and rain.


Coming off a victory two weeks ago in the U.S. Senior Open at Norte Dame, Stricker had a hole-in-one on the 184-yard, par-3 seventh at Firestone Country Club.

Play was suspended at 12:55 p.m., and called for the day at 5:05 p.m. after just over an inch of rain soaked the course. Stricker was in the middle of the 18th fairway, facing a 140-yard shot on the par-4 hole, when play was stopped. He was set to resume play at 7 a.m. Friday.

”Bummed that we didn’t get to finish because that meant we could have slept in a little bit tomorrow, and then now we’ll have to get out here just to hit that shot,” Stricker said. ”Hopefully, just one putt. And then we won’t tee off until 1 p.m. Maybe go back and I don’t know what we’ll do – kill time, eat breakfast a few times or something. Yeah, it would have been nice to finish.”


Stricker is seeking his third straight major victory on the PGA Tour Champions, a run that began with the Regions Tradition. He’s playing the 50-and-over event instead of going for a fourth victory at the John Deere Classic on the PGA Tour.

”I wish they were different weeks so I could play them both, but I decided to come here,” Stricker said. ”I’m happy I’m here and I’m not second-guessing my decision at all.”

Paul Goydos was second at 2 under after five holes.

Ken Duke shot a 1-under 69. John Daly (8 holes), Jay Haas (15 holes), Duffy Waldorf (12 holes), Wes Short (10 holes), Miguel Angel Jimenez (8 holes), Lee Janzen (5 holes), Corey Pavin (5 holes) and Bart Bryant (3 holes) also were 1 under.

Bernhard Langer was even par after six holes. He won the tournament three straight times from 2014 through 2016.

Defending champion Vijay Singh was 1 over with two holes left.

Stricker used a 7-iron on the ace.

”We had a 6-iron out to start with and then some breeze came up a little bit and I knew the 6-iron was borderline, a little bit too much,” Stricker said. ”Then once that breeze, we felt that, we thought that 7-iron was going to be the right club. Came off good, it was just a little bit left of the hole and then it broke. … That’s always something very unexpected. You don’t expect that or see that very often.”

Firestone is a longtime PGA Tour venue, hosting the World Golf Championships event and previously the World Series of Golf.

”It just is old school,” Stricker said. ”It’s right there in front of you. It’s long, it’s tough, there’s not a lot of let-up holes. You have to drive it well, hit good iron shots. And if you do drive it in the trees, you can advance it up the fairway usually pretty far up around the green somewhere and then you’ve got to try to get it up-and-down with your short game.”


Pos.
Player
Thru
To Par
R1
1
Steve Stricker
17
-5
2
Paul Goydos
5
-2
T3
Ken Duke
F
-1
69
T3
Jay Haas
15
-1
T3
Duffy Waldorf
12
-1
T3
Wes Short, Jr.
10
-1
T3
John Daly
8
-1
T3
Miguel Angel Jiménez
8
-1
T3
Lee Janzen
5
-1
T3
Corey Pavin
5
-1
T3
Bart Bryant
3
-1
T12
Tommy Tolles
F
E
70
T12
David McKenzie
F
E
70
T12
Retief Goosen
17
E
T12
Kenny Perry
15
E
T12
Steve Jones
11
E
T12
Scott Verplank
9
E
T12
Steve Flesch
9
E
T12
Brandt Jobe
8
E
T12
Colin Montgomerie
7
E
T12
Scott Parel
7
E
T12
Bernhard Langer
6
E
T12
Mark O’Meara
6
E
T12
Tim Petrovic
4
E
T12
Olin Browne
4
E
T12
Esteban Toledo
3
E
T12
Michael Allen
3
E
T12
Willie Wood
3
E
T12
Shaun Micheel
2
E
T12
Danny Edwards
2
E
T31
Bob Estes
F
1
71
T31
Woody Austin
F
1
71
T31
Vijay Singh
16
1
T31
Jeff Maggert
15
1
T31
Tom Pernice Jr.
13
1
T31
Marco Dawson
13
1
T31
Joey Sindelar
12
1
T31
Mark Brooks
11
1
T31
Tom Byrum
10
1
T31
Kent Jones
9
1
T31
Paul Broadhurst
9
1
T31
John Cook
8
1
T31
Joe Durant
8
1
T31
Jerry Kelly
6
1
T31
Glen Day
4
1
T31
Sandy Lyle
3
1
T47
Doug Garwood
F
2
72
T47
David Toms
17
2
T47
Tom Lehman
15
2
T47
Billy Andrade
15
2
T47
Bob Gilder
12
2
T47
Mark Calcavecchia
9
2
T47
Kevin Sutherland
7
2
T47
Bobby Wadkins
2
2
T55
Scott Dunlap
F
3
73
T55
John Huston
F
3
73
T55
Gene Sauers
14
3
T55
Larry Mize
14
3
T55
Carlos Franco
12
3
T55
Billy Mayfair
3
3
T61
Tom Gillis
F
4
74
T61
Tommy Armour III
F
4
74
T61
Russ Cochran
11
4
T61
Michael Bradley
9
4
T61
Kirk Triplett
8
4
T66
Jerry Smith
F
5
75
T66
Scott McCarron
16
5
T66
Fred Couples
16
5
T66
Ken Tanigawa
15
5
T66
Jeff Sluman
14
5
T66
Chris DiMarco
13
5
T72
Dan Forsman
F
6
76
T72
Loren Roberts
F
6
76
T72
Rocco Mediate
F
6
76
T72
Stephen Ames
F
6
76
T72
David Frost
10
6
T77
Scott Simpson
12
7
T77
Robert Gamez
12
7