KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship - R1

Parel leads as Oak Hill bares its teeth

May 23-26
Oak Hill CC, Rochester, New York
$3,250,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Scott Parel recorded the only eagle of the day as he took a one-stroke lead after the first round of the weather-affected KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club.

Parel leads the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship as Oak Hill bares its teeth, © PGA of America
© PGA of America

“One of the challenges was trying to judge the wind. It seems like there were maybe a lot of crosswinds, so off the tees trying to figure out maybe it’s a little different line you had to take than what you had written in your book to make sure you get in the fairway.

“I’ve been playing well. I had a second place in Houston a couple weeks ago. Played okay in Birmingham, not so good on the last day. But I’ve been hitting the ball well, and I think that’s obviously a key for out here, is you have to be in the fairway. If you’re playing out of the rough, you’re scrambling for par most of the time.”

The American eagled the par five fourth hole and carded three further birdies, dropping just one stroke on the formidable par-70 East Course at Oak Hill, the venue which staged The 1995 Ryder Cup.

A two-time winner on the PGA Tour Champions circuit, Parel leads by one stroke from 2015 Senior Open Presented by Rolex champion Marco Dawson, two-time U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen and Ken Tanigawa.


“I got off to a great start, 3-under through four holes, and then I hit a few poor shots in the middle part and around, but on the last few holes I hit some good iron shots and a couple of good drives. So it’s something to take into tomorrow.” – Retief Goosen

Just 15 competitors finished their first rounds under par, as the morning groups faced a two hour and 15 minute delay due to dangerous weather during their rounds – of those 15, three came from the afternoon tee times.

Those under par include Staysure Tour members Darren Clarke, winner of The 2011 Open, and four-time European Tour winner Jesper Parnevik, who each carded two under par rounds of 68.

“I’m fortunate enough to have had a couple of majors here at Oak Hill, and it’s a fantastic, wonderful golf course. But it’s tough. It’s not hidden. Everything’s in front of you. You can see. But you know you’re under pressure on the tee. You miss the fairway, you know it’s going to be a struggle, and it’s just an all-around fantastic test.

“I hit it close enough because I was hitting a lot of fairways. You know, you cannot play Oak Hill from the rough. It’ll get you sooner or later. I was hitting it pretty long and pretty straight. So I was having short irons in there and for the most part leaving myself up for the putts and made the most of them.” – Darren Clarke

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The 1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie, who like Clarke and Goosen is playing in his first Senior PGA Championship, finished the day one under par and shares eighth place with seven other golfers.

Paul Broadhurst, who triumphed in this event 12 months ago, opened his Championship defence with a level par first round and is one of 12 golfers who carded first rounds of 70.

“I still think level par could win it. It’s not going to play any easier than it did this morning. This is the hardest course we’ve played since the 2016 U.S. Senior Open at Scioto.

“Number one, you have to hit the fairway. Number two you have to hit the greens, but you have to stay below the flag. I’m only four off the pace, so I’m in a good position.”


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Scott Parel
-4
66
T2
Retief Goosen
-3
67
T2
Ken Tanigawa
-3
67
T2
Marco Dawson
-3
67
T5
Jesper Parnevik
-2
68
T5
Jeff Maggert
-2
68
T5
Darren Clarke
-2
68
T8
John Huston
-1
69
T8
Taichi Teshima
-1
69
T8
John Riegger
-1
69
T8
Paul Lawrie
-1
69
T8
Duffy Waldorf
-1
69
T8
Mike Miles
-1
69
T8
Gibby Gilbert III
-1
69
T8
Corey Pavin
-1
69
T16
Thomas Levet
E
70
T16
Doug Garwood
E
70
T16
Tommy Armour III
E
70
T16
Kirk Triplett
E
70
T16
Esteban Toledo
E
70
T16
Scott Hoch
E
70
T16
Paul Broadhurst
E
70
T16
Jerry Kelly
E
70
T16
Omar Uresti
E
70
T16
Santiago Luna
E
70
T16
Ken Duke
E
70
T16
Michael Bradley
E
70
T28
Paul Streeter
1
71
T28
Tim Petrovic
1
71
T28
Brandt Jobe
1
71
T28
Prayad Marksaeng
1
71
T28
Rocco Mediate
1
71
T28
Jarmo Sandelin
1
71
T28
Peter Fowler
1
71
T28
Rafael Gómez
1
71
T28
Gregory Meyer
1
71
T28
Jerry Smith
1
71
T28
Frank Esposito Jr
1
71
T28
Bob Sowards
1
71
T28
Bob May
1
71
T28
Mark Brooks
1
71
T42
Mike Goodes
2
72
T42
Fred Funk
2
72
T42
Paul Goydos
2
72
T42
Scott McCarron
2
72
T42
Vijay Singh
2
72
T42
Bernhard Langer
2
72
T42
Scott Dunlap
2
72
T42
David Frost
2
72
T42
Dan Forsman
2
72
T42
Wes Short, Jr.
2
72
T42
Peter Baker
2
72
T42
Billy Andrade
2
72
T42
Gary Hallberg
2
72
T42
Tom Byrum
2
72
T56
Joey Sindelar
3
73
T56
Rob Moss
3
73
T56
Thaworn Wiratchant
3
73
T56
Miguel Angel Jiménez
3
73
T56
Carlos Franco
3
73
T56
David McKenzie
3
73
T56
Stephen Ames
3
73
T56
Tommy Tolles
3
73
T56
Paul McGinley
3
73
T56
Roger Chapman
3
73
T56
Olin Browne
3
73
T56
Lee Janzen
3
73
T56
Cliff Kresge
3
73
T56
Mark Mielke
3
73
T70
Mark Brown
4
74
T70
Dave McNabb
4
74
T70
Mark Calcavecchia
4
74
T70
Colin Montgomerie
4
74
T70
Steve Pate
4
74
T70
Stephen Leaney
4
74
T70
Kevin Baker
4
74
T70
Mark O’Meara
4
74
T70
Stuart Smith
4
74
T70
Miguel Angel Martin
4
74
T70
Tom Gillis
4
74
T70
Gene Sauers
4
74
T70
Joe Durant
4
74
T70
Chris Williams
4
74
T70
Jeff Sluman
4
74
T70
Shaun Micheel
4
74
T70
Jay Haas
4
74
T70
Woody Austin
4
74
T70
Bart Bryant
4
74
T89
Dan Olsen
5
75
T89
Kohki Idoki
5
75
T89
Tom Lehman
5
75
T89
Magnus Atlevi
5
75
T89
Paul Claxton
5
75
T89
Billy Mayfair
5
75
T95
Mike Genovese
6
76
T95
Chris Kaufman
6
76
T95
Barry Lane
6
76
T95
Gus Ulrich
6
76
T95
Tom Pernice Jr.
6
76
T95
James Kingston
6
76
T95
Jared Melson
6
76
T95
Willie Wood
6
76
T95
Paul Eales
6
76
T95
Henrik Simonsen
6
76
T95
Steve Stricker
6
76
T95
Bob Tway
6
76
T95
Larry Mize
6
76
T95
Chad Proehl
6
76
T109
Mark Tucker
7
77
T109
Dudley Hart
7
77
T109
Rich Gilkey
7
77
T109
Toru Suzuki
7
77
T109
Craig Bowden
7
77
T109
Jeffrey Schmid
7
77
T109
Jeff Brehaut
7
77
T109
Steve Jones
7
77
T109
Todd Hamilton
7
77
T109
Jim Estes
7
77
T109
Charlie Bolling
7
77
T109
Clark Dennis
7
77
T109
Skip Kendall
7
77
T109
Russ Cochran
7
77
T123
Brian Kelly
8
78
T123
Walt Chapman
8
78
T123
Steve Flesch
8
78
T123
Stephen Dodd
8
78
T123
Michael Allen
8
78
T123
Greg Kraft
8
78
T123
Glen Day
8
78
T130
Mauricio Molina
9
79
T130
Rick Morton
9
79
T130
Markus Brier
9
79
T130
James Mason
9
79
T130
Sandy Lyle
9
79
T130
Bob Gilder
9
79
T130
John Daly
9
79
T130
Scott Verplank
9
79
T130
Brad Lardon
9
79
T130
Dave Bahr
9
79
T130
Fran Quinn
9
79
T130
Jeff Hart
9
79
T142
Peter Jacobsen
10
80
T142
Thomas Vizina
10
80
T142
Frank Bensel Jr
10
80
T142
Phillip Price
10
80
T146
Gene Fieger
11
81
T146
Michael Campbell
11
81
T148
Mike Reid
12
82
T148
Philip Golding
12
82
T150
Ken Green
13
83
T150
Chris DiMarco
13
83
T150
Brian Cairns
13
83
T150
Brent Studer
13
83
T150
David Shacklady
13
83
155
Jean-Francois Remesy
14
84
156
Christopher Perry
16
86