Cologuard Classic - R1

Kenny Perry takes 1-shot lead in Arizona

March 01-03
Omni Tucson National,  Tucson, Arizona
$1,700,000

Round 2, Round 3


Kenny Perry shot an 8-under 65 on Friday to take the Cologuard Classic lead, Mark O’Meara matched the PGA Tour Champions record with eight straight birdies in a 66, and former baseball star John Smoltz failed to build on a strong start in his tour debut.


Smoltz birdied three of the first eight holes on Omni Tucson National’s Catalina Course, then played the final 10 in 3 over for an even-par 73. After birdieing the par-5 eighth, the 51-year-old Hall of Fame pitcher dropped strokes on the par-4 ninth and 10th. Playing on a sponsor exemption, he had a double bogey on the par-5 15th, birdied the par-5 17th and bogeyed the par-4 18th.

”Put myself in situations to get defensive, and once you get defensive, it’s just not a fun game to play,” Smoltz said. ”I learned again. I’m getting closer and closer to feeling comfortable and closer to trusting my swing. ”

Perry made a 20-foot eagle putt from the fringe on the 17th – his eighth hole – in a bogey-free round. The 58-year-old Kentucky player has 10 victories on the 50-and-over tour after winning 14 times on the PGA Tour.

”Just played steady,” Perry said. ”I drove it nice, made some good quality putts, and I think I only missed one, maybe two greens today in regulation. So, I had a lot of opportunities and I hit a lot of fairways. Got a good score out of it.”

The 62-year-old O’Meara opened with a par on No. 1, then ran off the eight straight birdies for a front-nine 28 – one off the tour record. He followed the streak with eight straight pars and bogeyed the last after driving into the water.

”Anytime you shoot 7 under, I guess you can’t be too disappointed, but certainly when you’re 8 under after nine holes, you would like to do a little better,” O’Meara said.

O’Meara tied the tour record for consecutive birdies set by Chi Chi Rodriguez in the 1987 Silver Pages Classic and matched by Jim Colbert in 2000, Dana Quigley in 2005 and Joe Ozaki in 2006.

”I hit some good drives, I hit some good iron shots, I made the putts that you would hope to make,” O’Meara said. ”And then I hit a 3-iron to about 2 inches on hole No. 7, birdied 8, and then 9 I hit a big curling putt.”


Defending champion Steve Stricker, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jeff Maggert and Willie Wood matched O’Meara at 66, and Scott McCarron opened with a 67.

”Hitting it in the fairway a lot and gave myself a lot of opportunities, and that’s what you need to do around here,” Stricker said. ”You’ve got some real scorable holes.”

Jimenez won the Chubb Classic two weeks ago in Florida for his for his seventh PGA Tour Champions title.

Woody Austin had a 70 for his 37th consecutive rounds at par or better, one off the tour record shared by Jay Haas and Colin Montgomerie. Fred Couples shot 73, playing alongside Stricker and David Toms (71).


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Kenny Perry
-8
65
T2
Willie Wood
-7
66
T2
Jeff Maggert
-7
66
T2
Mark O’Meara
-7
66
T2
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-7
66
T2
Steve Stricker
-7
66
7
Scott McCarron
-6
67
T8
Tom Byrum
-5
68
T8
Billy Mayfair
-5
68
T8
Kirk Triplett
-5
68
T8
Brandt Jobe
-5
68
T12
Joey Sindelar
-4
69
T12
Jeff Hart
-4
69
T14
Loren Roberts
-3
70
T14
Russ Cochran
-3
70
T14
Darren Clarke
-3
70
T14
Marco Dawson
-3
70
T14
Woody Austin
-3
70
T14
Colin Montgomerie
-3
70
T14
Tom Lehman
-3
70
T14
Jerry Kelly
-3
70
T14
Carlos Franco
-3
70
T23
Dudley Hart
-2
71
T23
Dan Forsman
-2
71
T23
Jeff Sluman
-2
71
T23
Stephen Ames
-2
71
T23
Billy Andrade
-2
71
T23
Bart Bryant
-2
71
T23
Joe Durant
-2
71
T23
Duffy Waldorf
-2
71
T23
David Toms
-2
71
T23
David Berganio, Jr.
-2
71
T23
Gibby Gilbert III
-2
71
T34
Greg Kraft
-1
72
T34
David Frost
-1
72
T34
Jerry Smith
-1
72
T34
Olin Browne
-1
72
T34
Wes Short, Jr.
-1
72
T34
Tim Petrovic
-1
72
T34
Mark Calcavecchia
-1
72
T34
Jesper Parnevik
-1
72
T34
John Daly
-1
72
T34
Ken Tanigawa
-1
72
T34
Tom Pernice Jr.
-1
72
T34
Kent Jones
-1
72
T46
Lee Janzen
E
73
T46
Corey Pavin
E
73
T46
Hal Sutton
E
73
T46
Robert Gamez
E
73
T46
Paul Broadhurst
E
73
T46
Tom Kite
E
73
T46
Kevin Sutherland
E
73
T46
Doug Garwood
E
73
T46
Rocco Mediate
E
73
T46
John Smoltz
E
73
T46
Fran Quinn
E
73
T46
Scott Parel
E
73
T46
Fred Couples
E
73
T46
Cliff Kresge
E
73
T60
Larry Mize
1
74
T60
Scott Verplank
1
74
T60
Bob Estes
1
74
T60
Michael Allen
1
74
T64
Scott Hoch
2
75
T64
Steve Flesch
2
75
T64
José María Olazábal
2
75
T64
Retief Goosen
2
75
T64
Skip Kendall
2
75
T69
Glen Day
3
76
T69
John Riegger
3
76
T69
Tommy Armour III
3
76
T69
Paul Goydos
3
76
T69
Gene Sauers
3
76
T69
Tom Gillis
3
76
T75
Sandy Lyle
4
77
T75
David McKenzie
4
77
T75
Craig Kanada
4
77
78
Chris DiMarco
5
78