Morgan and Stockton Share Lead Though One


Gil Morgan and Dave Stockton shot matching rounds of 5-under-par 67 to take the first-round lead of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Match Play Championship.
They lead by one shot over Hale Irwin, who carded 68 over a windy Boone Valley Golf Club, and by two over Tom Jenkins who went around in 69 strokes. Tom Watson and Lanny Wadkins were amongst a group of six who shot 70, three back.
This event has been given a facelift since it was hosted last season as the Boone Valley Classic. Not only has it gained a new sponsor in Enterprise, but it has also been reformatted, and that transformation might make for a long weekend of golf.
Stroke play was the rule on Thursday and will carry on through Friday. After this time, the low 16 players will advance into the weekend, with match play competitions weeding down the remaining field.
The conditions are so, that some players may end up playing 36 holes on both Saturday and Sunday. It is an unusual format which has players a bit confused, and a bit happy that they are permitted to use carts.
Since we only play this way once a year, I dont have much of a strategy, admitted Morgan following his 67. I just didnt take any serious chances where I can make a big number and try and force the situation too much.
Watson echoed his thoughts.
Normally I walk the whole 18, but today I didnt because of that one factor, stated Watson of the prospect of so much golf. Playing 36 holes a day walking, it is physically taxing on you.
Fortunately, on the Senior Tour, we can use carts, he joked.
Stockton, who has not won on the Senior Tour since 1997, didnt seem to mind the tough conditions at first, as he holed a sand wedge for an eagle at the par-5 6th and then drained a 40-footer at the 10th.
But he soon was whipped into shape by the strong Missouri winds and bogied his next three holes.
Im thinking at that point Im doing pretty good, feeling pretty good, Stockton commented of his fine play over the front nine. But then he added, It was difficult to play today. You can see the scoreboard, some of the guys jumped up there early and then starting making bogeys.
Full-field scores from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Match Play Championship