RUSS COCHRAN FIRES A 66 FOR A ONE-SHOT LEAD AFTER THE FIRST ROUND
Russ Cochran shot a 6-under 66 on Friday to take a one-shot lead over Jeff Sluman after the first round of the 2011 Boeing Classic. Cochran, winner of last month's Senior British Open, had an eagle and five birdies on the day.Defending Champion Bernhard Langer sits just two shots back along with Ted Schulz and Hale Irwin, who recorded the second hole-in-one in tournament history when he aced the Par-3 ninth. Fred Couples, the hometown star coming off a win at last week's Players Championship, shot a 73. The second round tee-times will start tomorrow at 10:05 AM.
The full list of pairings and tee times may be found at http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/s619/tee-times.html
23,000 FANS ATTEND THE FIRST DAY OF THE 2011 BOEING CLASSIC, THE LARGEST FRIDAY CROWD IN TOURNAMENT HISTORY
With perfect weather, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Flyover and the best field ever at the Boeing Classic, fans turned out in record numbers at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge on Friday. 23,000 spectators enjoyed a great day at the course and established a new best for Friday attendance. It was a fantastic start to what is expected to be the most highly attended event in tournament history.
ALL HAIL, HALE’S ACE
Hall of Famer Hale Irwin made a hole-in-one in the first round of the Boeing Classic, recording his first in a Champions Tour event and the second in Boeing Classi history (Tim Simpson ’09). Irwin aced the 9th hole with a 6-iron making this his first hole-in-one since the 2004 PGA Championship. Over his career, he has shot a combined 8 hole-in-ones (5-PGA TOUR, 1-Champions Tour, 2-NCAA). In Irwin’s interview to the media he pulled the ball out of his pocket and “let the ball tell the story.”
“Okay. Shall I have the ball do the talking? Ball, what happened? Well, you hit a 6 iron and you really had to hit it well because it was at the outer limits and I flew over the bunker but just a little short of the green about a foot because that's where it's a little softer. I didn't know that at the time. I bounced up on the green and I rolled right in the hole. Is that what you wanted me to do? Yeah, that's fine. I'm whipped.”
PRO’S ARE WEARY OF A CHALLENGE AT THE CAYNON, CRENSHAW PLAYS IT SAFE AND STILL SCORES AN EAGLE
On Day One of the Boeing Classic, the pros were shy to “go for it” on the infamous 14th hole. The green was too firm for most players to take a chance, as only 12 of the 80-player field challenged the canyon. Of the 12 who went for it, three were rewarded with birdies and five made par. The lucky surprise on the challenging hole came from pro Ben Crenshaw who played it safe, but sank the only eagle of the day. Crenshaw breathtaking second shot from the fairway made a smooth backspin into the hole for an eagle-two.