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Dunlap & Tolles lead at Cologuard Classic at Omni Tucson

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Omni Tucson National (Catalina Course) | Tucson, Ariz. | March 2-4, 2018
First-Round Notes
Friday, March 2, 2018

Player To Par Scores
T1 Scott Dunlap -8 32-33 - 65
T1 Tommy Tolles -8 32-33 - 65
T3 Steve Stricker -7 33-33 - 66
T3 Mike Small -7 33-33 - 66
5 Gene Sauers -6 34-33 - 67

Here's a tribute to Tucson-area veterans at Cologuard Classic from KVOA newscast:


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• Tee Times - Second-round tee times will run from 10:05 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. off the No. 1 and 10 tees
• PGATOURmedia.com (transcripts and other resources available for download)
Scott Dunlap, 32-33 - 65 (-8)
• Starting the day on No. 10, Dunlap closed the round with three straight birdies to finish with a bogey-free 8-
under 65.
• Making his fourth start at the event, Dunlap's opening-round 65 was his lowest at Omni Tucson National's
Catalina Course.
• He had four starts at the Tucson Open during his PGA TOUR career with his best rounds being a pair of 67s in
1997 (Rd. 1) and 2000 (Rd. 2).
• The 2014 PGA TOUR Champions Rookie of the Year has one Champions Tour title (2014 Boeing Classic) and
two Web.com Tour wins.
• He finished 25th in the Charles Schwab Cup standings last year and has earned a berth into the season-ending
Charles Schwab Cup Championship each of his four years on PGA TOUR Champions.
Tommy Tolles, 32-33 - 65 (-8)
• Making his first start at the Cologuard Classic, Tolles carded eight birdies in Friday's opening round to finish the
day at 8-under-65.
• The opening-round 65 marked Tolles' lowest round to par in a PGA TOUR-sanctioned event since the first round
of the 2008 Wichita Open on the Web.com Tour, where a 9-under 62 gave him the 18-hole lead.
• Tolles is playing his first full season on PGA TOUR Champions after earning exempt status by finishing runnerup
at the 2017 PGA TOUR Champions National Qualifying tournament in December. 
Cologuard Classic | March 2-4, 2018
• In 2017, Tolles notched his lone top-20 finish of the PGA TOUR Champions season with a T16 effort at the
DICK's Sporting Goods Open. That marked his first top-20 in a TOUR-sanctioned event since at T3 at the
Web.com Tour's Children's Classic in 2008 - a span of 9 years and 24 days.
• During his PGA TOUR career, he had a total of seven starts at the Tucson Open with his best finish being T9 in
1998.
Steve Stricker, 33-33 - 66 (-7)
• Stricker eagled the second hole and made five birdies en route to shooting a 7-under-par 66.
• It was his 20th straight under-par round on PGA TOUR Champions. In 2017, all 16 of his rounds were under par,
and his scoring average was 67.75.
• In his PGA TOUR Champions debut at last year's Cologuard Classic, he shot a second-round 10-under-par 63,
the lowest round in tournament history in relation to par. He finished tied for second.
• Stricker has recorded five top-three finishes in seven career starts, including a T2 at the Chubb Classic two weeks
ago.
• He competed in Tucson eight times during his PGA TOUR career with his best finish being T2 in 1994.
• He is a 12-time winner on the PGA TOUR with his last victory coming at the 2012 Sentry Tournament of
Champions.
Mike Small, 33-33 - 66 (-7)
• Small, the men's golf coach at the University of Illinois, is competing this week on a sponsor's exemption. The
week marks his seventh career start on PGA TOUR Champions, with the 7-under 66 setting his career-low on
Tour. His lone top-25 effort on PGA TOUR Champions came at last year's American Family Insurance
Championship, where three under-par rounds delivered a T20 effort.
• Small and Steve Stricker were teammates at Illinois, with the two overlapping from 1986 through 1988 in
Champaign, Ill. The 51-year-old's 2017-18 team is currently ranked No. 12 in the Golfstat Relative Rankings.
Small coached the Fighting Illini to a runner-up finish in the 2013 NCAA Championship at Capital City Club in
Atlanta.
• Small has made 72 career starts on the PGA TOUR, with his lone top-10 coming at the 1998 RBC Canadian
Open. That year marked his only season with an exempt TOUR card. He made just 8 of 26 cuts and wound up at
No. 178 on the money list with $112,336 in earnings.
Other Notes
• After leading early, Arizona native Billy Mayfair hit his tee shot in the water on No. 18 en route to a doublebogey
to finish the round at 5-under 68.
• Bernhard Langer extended his streak of consecutive rounds of par or better to 37 and has a chance to break the
all-time record of 38 (set by Jay Haas and Colin Montgomerie) in tomorrow's second round.
• 2016 Cologuard Classic winner Woody Austin leads the group of past champions through 18 holes with a 5-
under-par 68 to sit at T6. Defending champion Tom Lehman and 2015 winner Marco Dawson are both tied at
T26 after finishing 2-under-par.
• Making his PGA TOUR Champions debut, two-time PGA TOUR winner Len Mattiace carded three birdies and
an eagle on the par-5 eighth to finish the day with a 2-under par 71.
• Current Charles Schwab Cup leader David Toms posted an even-par 73 on Friday. Toms is making his 26th start
on PGA TOUR Champions this week since turning 50 in January of last year. The 13-time PGA TOUR winner
has 10 top-10 finishes thus far, including three top-five efforts in 2018.
• Leading the pack of five Tucson Open champions in the field this week is Kirk Triplett who is currently T9
through 18 holes, followed by Lee Janzen (T16), Jim Carter (T45), Jeff Sluman (T61) and Larry Mize (T61).
• The No. 18 at Omni Tucson National is one of the most difficult finishing holes on Tour. It proved to be again on
Friday, ranking as the most difficult hole in the opening round. The field scoring average was 4.429 with just
seven birdies. There were 23 bogeys and seven doubles.
• Paul Broadhurst made a hole-in-one on No. 14 with a 7-iron 185 yards, the first of his PGA TOUR Champions
career. It was the fourth ace in tournament history, the first on No. 14 and the fourth of the 2018 season.
• Colin Montgomerie was disqualified following Friday's first round after failing to sign his scorecard.

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