PGA Tour Champions

The Ally Challenge 2018

September 14-16

Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club, Grand Blanc Township, Michigan

$2,000,000

September 14-16

Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club, Grand Blanc Township, Michigan

$2,000,000

Round 1

Brandt Jobe kicks off Ally Challenge in style

September 14, 2018

Brandt Jobe capped a fast start with an eagle in tour golf's return to Warwick Hills and shot a 7-under 65 on Friday to take the first-round lead in The Ally Challenge.

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Coming off a break since the Senior British Open, Jobe played his first seven holes in 6 under, making the eagle on the par-5 16th.

''I've had a lot of weeks off,'' Jobe said. ''Always expect to come back a little rusty. Today was good, ball-striking was really good, made a few putts, hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens and kind of made it easy on myself.''

A six-time winner on the Japanese tour, he won last year in Iowa for his lone PGA Tour Champions title.

''The course is good. It's in great shape,'' Jobe said. ''It's like we remember. It's tight and running and it's getting good. If it gets a little firm, it's going to get even more difficult.''

Vijay Singh, a three-time winner at Warwick Hills in the PGA Tour's defunct Buick Open, was a stroke back with Jeff Maggert and Esteban Toledo. Tiger Woods won the last Buick Open in 2009.

''Drove the ball pretty good,'' Singh said. ''I don't think I missed too many fairways. If you drive the ball over here good, you're going to give yourself a lot of birdie opportunities. I putted well, too. I made some pretty nice birdie putts. If you drive it well and putt well, you're going to shoot a good number.''

Maggert eagled the par-4 14th and par-5 16th, but dropped a stroke on the par-3 17th.

''The course is the same as it was,'' Maggert said. ''It's a great course. The greens have always been some of the best greens we ever putted and that's why you see a lot of low scores here.''

Tom Lehman was at 67 with Lee Janzen, Paul Broadhurst, David Toms and David McKenzie.

''It was really a beautiful day, a gorgeous day for golf,'' Lehman said. ''Almost no wind, greens are perfect, so it is just like I remember. The course played beautifully. It's nice to be back here and support the community. To go back to places you know so well and enjoy so much is a great thing.''

Fred Couples, the 1994 Buick Open winner, had a 69.

Two-time Warwick Hills winner Kenny Perry opened with a 70. Bernhard Langer and Mark Calcavecchia also shot 70. Senior newcomer Darren Clarke was at 71 with Scott McCarron, the winner two weeks ago in Calgary, Alberta.

John Daly withdrew on his ninth hole because of a neck and shoulder problem. He was 5 over for the eight holes he completed.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Brandt Jobe
-7
65
T2
Esteban Toledo
-6
66
T2
Jeff Maggert
-6
66
T2
Vijay Singh
-6
66
T5
Lee Janzen
-5
67
T5
Tom Lehman
-5
67
T5
Paul Broadhurst
-5
67
T5
David Toms
-5
67
T5
David McKenzie
-5
67
T10
John Huston
-4
68
T10
Bob Estes
-4
68
T10
Jerry Smith
-4
68
T10
Billy Andrade
-4
68
T10
Scott Parel
-4
68
T10
Paul Claxton
-4
68
T16
Jeff Sluman
-3
69
T16
Corey Pavin
-3
69
T16
Tom Byrum
-3
69
T16
Joe Durant
-3
69
T16
Colin Montgomerie
-3
69
T16
David Frost
-3
69
T16
Billy Mayfair
-3
69
T16
Fred Couples
-3
69
T24
Tommy Armour III
-2
70
T24
Mark Brooks
-2
70
T24
Loren Roberts
-2
70
T24
Scott Dunlap
-2
70
T24
Joey Sindelar
-2
70
T24
Wes Short, Jr.
-2
70
T24
Carlos Franco
-2
70
T24
Marco Dawson
-2
70
T24
Jesper Parnevik
-2
70
T24
Olin Browne
-2
70
T24
Paul Goydos
-2
70
T24
Rocco Mediate
-2
70
T24
Bernhard Langer
-2
70
T24
Mark Calcavecchia
-2
70
T24
Kenny Perry
-2
70
T24
Gibby Gilbert III
-2
70
T40
Kent Jones
-1
71
T40
Glen Day
-1
71
T40
Darren Clarke
-1
71
T40
Bill Glasson
-1
71
T40
Mark O'Meara
-1
71
T40
Duffy Waldorf
-1
71
T40
Scott McCarron
-1
71
T40
Jay Haas
-1
71
T40
Ken Tanigawa
-1
71
T49
Woody Austin
E
72
T49
Jay Don Blake
E
72
T49
Scott Hoch
E
72
T49
Scott Verplank
E
72
T49
Gary Hallberg
E
72
T49
Tommy Tolles
E
72
T49
Steve Pate
E
72
T49
Tim Petrovic
E
72
T49
Chris DiMarco
E
72
T49
Kirk Triplett
E
72
T49
Doug Garwood
E
72
T49
Jerry Kelly
E
72
T49
Gene Sauers
E
72
T49
Tom Werkmeister
E
72
T49
Mark Walker
E
72
T64
Dan Forsman
1
73
T64
Dudley Hart
1
73
T64
Blaine McCallister
1
73
T64
Mike Goodes
1
73
T64
Stephen Ames
1
73
T64
Sandy Lyle
1
73
T64
Fran Quinn
1
73
T71
Todd Hamilton
2
74
T71
Kevin Johnson
2
74
73
Larry Mize
3
75
74
Tom Pernice Jr..
4
76
75
Tom Gillis
6
78
76
Robert Gamez
7
79
WD
Bart Bryant
--
17
WD
John Daly
--
39
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Brandt Jobe
-7
65
T2
Esteban Toledo
-6
66
T2
Jeff Maggert
-6
66
T2
Vijay Singh
-6
66
T5
Lee Janzen
-5
67
T5
Tom Lehman
-5
67
T5
Paul Broadhurst
-5
67
T5
David Toms
-5
67
T5
David McKenzie
-5
67
T10
John Huston
-4
68
T10
Bob Estes
-4
68
T10
Jerry Smith
-4
68
T10
Billy Andrade
-4
68
T10
Scott Parel
-4
68
T10
Paul Claxton
-4
68
T16
Jeff Sluman
-3
69
T16
Corey Pavin
-3
69
T16
Tom Byrum
-3
69
T16
Joe Durant
-3
69
T16
Colin Montgomerie
-3
69
T16
David Frost
-3
69
T16
Billy Mayfair
-3
69
T16
Fred Couples
-3
69
T24
Tommy Armour III
-2
70
T24
Mark Brooks
-2
70
T24
Loren Roberts
-2
70
T24
Scott Dunlap
-2
70
T24
Joey Sindelar
-2
70
T24
Wes Short, Jr.
-2
70
T24
Carlos Franco
-2
70
T24
Marco Dawson
-2
70
T24
Jesper Parnevik
-2
70
T24
Olin Browne
-2
70
T24
Paul Goydos
-2
70
T24
Rocco Mediate
-2
70
T24
Bernhard Langer
-2
70
T24
Mark Calcavecchia
-2
70
T24
Kenny Perry
-2
70
T24
Gibby Gilbert III
-2
70
T40
Kent Jones
-1
71
T40
Glen Day
-1
71
T40
Darren Clarke
-1
71
T40
Bill Glasson
-1
71
T40
Mark O'Meara
-1
71
T40
Duffy Waldorf
-1
71
T40
Scott McCarron
-1
71
T40
Jay Haas
-1
71
T40
Ken Tanigawa
-1
71
T49
Woody Austin
E
72
T49
Jay Don Blake
E
72
T49
Scott Hoch
E
72
T49
Scott Verplank
E
72
T49
Gary Hallberg
E
72
T49
Tommy Tolles
E
72
T49
Steve Pate
E
72
T49
Tim Petrovic
E
72
T49
Chris DiMarco
E
72
T49
Kirk Triplett
E
72
T49
Doug Garwood
E
72
T49
Jerry Kelly
E
72
T49
Gene Sauers
E
72
T49
Tom Werkmeister
E
72
T49
Mark Walker
E
72
T64
Dan Forsman
1
73
T64
Dudley Hart
1
73
T64
Blaine McCallister
1
73
T64
Mike Goodes
1
73
T64
Stephen Ames
1
73
T64
Sandy Lyle
1
73
T64
Fran Quinn
1
73
T71
Todd Hamilton
2
74
T71
Kevin Johnson
2
74
73
Larry Mize
3
75
74
Tom Pernice Jr..
4
76
75
Tom Gillis
6
78
76
Robert Gamez
7
79
WD
Bart Bryant
--
17
WD
John Daly
--
39