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Four lead at Dominion Energy Charity Classic

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Bernhard Langer, 34-33 – 67 (-5)
Charles Schwab Cup Standings – Start: 1st / Projected: 1st


• Langer hit 14-of-14 fairways and 17-of-18 greens in regulation in his bogey-free 67. On the season, he ranks T12 in driving accuracy (77.88%) and first in greens in regulation (79.25%).
• He is making his 207th career start, and this is the 30th time he has been a first-round leader/co-leader. This season, he is 3-for-4 in converting first-round leads/co-leads into victory, and overall he is 13-for-29.
• The winner of the last three Charles Schwab Cups, he has five wins and 10 top-three finishes in 19 starts this year. With $3,012,359 in winnings, it is his third $3 million season on PGA TOUR Champions. He set the single-season record in 2014 ($3,074,189), and he’ll break that record with an eighth-place finish or better.
• He also opened with a 5-under 67 last year. He followed with rounds of 69-71 and finished T6.
• The Dominion Energy Charity Classic is one of just 10 tournaments on this year’s 26-tournament schedule that Langer has not won.

David Toms, 33-34 – 67 (-5)
Charles Schwab Cup Standings – Start: 29th / Projected: 11th

• Toms opened with a bogey-free 67, his third consecutive round without a bogey. He has played his last 60 holes without making a bogey. The last bogey he made was on No. 12 in the first round of the SAS Championship.
• Last week, he finished T8 at the SAS Championship, his fifth top-10 of the season.
• He is one of the 11 players making his Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs debut this week.
• This is his highest position through 18 holes on PGA TOUR Champions. His previous best was T3 after opening with a 65 at the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship.

Joe Durant, 33-34 – 67 (-5)
Charles Schwab Cup Standings – Start: 15th / Projected: 5th

• He has six top-10s this season, with his best being a T3 at the American Family Insurance Championship.
• Last year, he had playoff finishes of T6, T10 and T15 and finished fifth in the final Schwab Cup standings. He carded rounds of 71-70-67 to finish T10 at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic.
• This is the second time he has been a first-round leader/co-leader this season. He led by one after a 66 at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, but ended T11 after rounds of 69-74.

Rocco Mediate, 35-32 – 67 (-5)
Charles Schwab Cup Standings – Start: 65th / Projected: 21st

• Mediate opened with a round in the 60s for just the fourth time this season. He also shot a first-round 67 at the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, where he finished T8, his only top-10 of the year.
• Last year, he also shot a first-round 67 at this event. He went on to finish T21 at 5-under.
• He has three career wins on PGA TOUR Champions, including a wire-to-wire victory at last year’s KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.
• This is the fifth time Mediate has led/co-led after the first round. He is 2-for-4 in converting 18-hole leads/co-leads into victories, with the last being the 2016 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.
First-Round Lead Notes
• This is the second time four players have shared the lead after the first round this season. At the Regions Tradition, four players opened with rounds of 7-under 65.
• This season, a first-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win four times. Bernhard Langer has done it three times (Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, and The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex), and Jerry Kelly won the Boeing Classic in this fashion.
• Last year, Tom Byrum led by one after a first-round 65. Scott McCarron opened with a 67 and was T3.

Schwab Cup Projections

After this week, the top 54 players in the Schwab Cup standings will advance to the PowerShares QQQ Championship. Last year, when the first playoff event was the PowerShares QQQ Championship, two players moved into the top-54 and advanced to the second weekend of the playoffs. Lee Janzen finished T25 and moved from 56th to 54th, while Scott Parel finished T10 and moved from 62nd to 53rd.

Other Notes

• Defending champion Scott McCarron is T44 after an even-par 72. His first round ended with a bogey, aided by a one-shot penalty for accidentally moving his ball before he played his third shot. He is projected to remain No. 2 in the Schwab Cup standings.
• Kenny Perry carded an even-par 72 on Friday and is T44. He is projected to fall from No. 3 to No. 4 in the standings.
• Kevin Sutherland shot 2-under 70 and is T17. He is projected to improve from No. 4 to No. 3 in the standings.
• Colin Montgomerie, winner of two of the last four tournaments, opened with a 71 and is T27. He is projected to remain No. 7 in the standings.
• Jerry Kelly opened with a 77, tied for his highest score of the season (final round, The Senior Open Championship). It ended his streak of 17 consecutive rounds under-par. He has top-10 finishes in each of his last five starts (Win, T6, Win, 2nd, 6th), and entered this week ranked fifth in the Schwab Cup standings.
• David McKenzie is T8 after a first-round 69. Since McKenzie turned 50 on July 26, he has Monday qualified four times and posted three top-10 finishes. He is the youngest player in the field (50 years, 2 months, 24 days) and his five starts are fewest among the 72 playoff qualifiers. He enters the week 57th in the standings and is currently projected to move to 53rd.
• John Daly withdrew after nine holes due to a right-knee injury. He started the week No. 22 in the Schwab Cup.

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