Ally Challenge 2020 Opening Round, Two Tied for the Lead

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Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club, Grand Blanc, MI — July 31, 2020

The professionals of the PGA Tour Champions teed it up for real today at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in the opening round of The 2020 Ally Challenge. The weather perfect, the course pristine, a great day for golf. The only thing missing? The fans. Still, the players were anxious to get back to playing competitive golf in this first event since the pandemic shutdown.

Fan favorite, John Daly, showed up with his Red Wing logo pants to give the tournament’s shout-out to neighboring Detroit.

John Daly / Lasco Press Photo

The leaderboard was crowded early until Tim Herron shot an opening nine of 32 and moved to the top at 4 under par. Bogies on 12 and 14 took him out of contention for the 1st-day lead.

Tommy Armour III pushed the lead to -5 with a birdie on the par-four 10th, a bogey on 12 dropped him a stroke back.

Tommy Armour III / Lasco Press Photo

Bernhard Langer, is the leader in the “Charles Schwab Cup, the season-long, earnings-based competition that determines the PGA TOUR Champions’ top player.” He showed why when he moved to -6 with three straight birdies to start the back nine of his round. Langer, who started on the 10th hole, birdied 11, 13, & 14 on his opening nine.

Bernhard Langer drives off the 1st tee at Warwick Hills / Lasco Press Photo

After starting with bogies on 10 & 11, Tour rookie Ernie Els birdied four of the seven remaining holes on his 1st nine to get to -2. His tee shot on #1 was placed into the #10 fairway to shorten the distance on the par 5, 567-yard hole. To no avail, he could only manage par to start his back nine.

PGA Tour Champions rookie, Ernie Els, off to a rough start on Day 1 of The Ally Challenge / Lasco Press Photo

While 4 under par seemed to be the popular number for the day, Billy Andrade posted a -6 to become the leader in the clubhouse. Six birdies, including three-in-a-row on 13-15, for an opening-round 66 set the mark for the rest of the field to shoot for.

Billy Andrade / Lasco Press Photo

Tommy Armour III combined 7 birdies with a bogey on #12 to match Andrade’s 66 total and share the lead in the clubhouse.

Notables

The pair of 66’s held up for the first-round lead. Langer, Wes Short Jr., and local professional Tom Gillis from Lake Orion tied for 3rd at 5 under par. Nine players tied for 6th at -4, including Corey Pavin, David Toms, and PGA Tour Champions rookie Jim Furyk. Still in contention tied for 15th are Lee Janzen, Colin Montgomerie, Ernie Els, John Daly, Retief Goosen, and Defending Champion Jerry Kelly at 3 under.

Other notables are Larry Mize, Scott Verplank, and Angel Cabrera at 2 under. Vijay Singh at -1, Gary Nicklaus at 2 over, and 2018 Champion Paul Broadhurst tied for 75th at 3 over par. Tom Kite posted the high score for the day, a 12 over par 84.

Leaderboard for Opening Day of The Ally Challenge

Position Player TO PAR R1
T1 Billy Andrade -6 66
T1 Tommy Armour III -6 66
T3 Bernhard Langer -5 67
T3 Wes Short Jr. -5 67
T3 Tom Gillis -5 67
T6 Rod Pampling -4 68
T6 Corey Pavin -4 68
T6 Olin Browne -4 68
T6 Bob Estes -4 68
T6 Doug Barron -4 68
T6 Jim Furyk -4 68
T6 Woody Austin -4 68
T6 David Toms -4 68
T6 Shane Bertsch -4 68
T15 Glen Day -3 69
T15 Lee Janzen -3 69
T15 Colin Montgomerie -3 69
T15 Ernie Els -3 69
T15 John Daly -3 69
T15 Retief Goosen -3 69
T15 Jerry Kelly -3 69
T15 Kevin Sutherland -3 69
T15 Brett Quigley -3 69
T24 Billy Mayfair -2 70
T24 John Huston -2 70
T24 Chris DiMarco -2 70
T24 David McKenzie -2 70
T24 Carlos Franco -2 70
T24 Larry Mize -2 70
T24 Scott Verplank -2 70
T24 Angel Cabrera -2 70
T24 Steve Pate -2 70
T24 Tim Petrovic -2 70
T24 Scott McCarron -2 70
T24 Scott Hoch -2 70
T24 Paul Goydos -2 70
T24 Mark O’Meara -2 70
T24 Mike Weir -2 70
T24 Tom Lehman -2 70
T24 Steve Flesch -2 70
T24 Scott Parel -2 70
T24 Kirk Triplett -2 70
T24 Robert Karlsson -2 70
T24 Stephen Leaney -2 70
T45 Fred Funk -1 71
T45 Scott Dunlap -1 71
T45 Russ Cochran -1 71
T45 Dudley Hart -1 71
T45 Joe Durant -1 71
T45 Vijay Singh -1 71
T45 Marco Dawson -1 71
T45 Jeff Maggert -1 71
T45 Robin Byrd -1 71
T54 Duffy Waldorf E 72
T54 Jesper Parnevik E 72
T54 Rocco Mediate E 72
T54 Tom Pernice Jr E 72
T54 K.J. Choi E 72
T54 Kenny Perry E 72
T54 Ken Tanigawa E 72
T61 Ken Duke 1 73
T61 Tim Herron 1 73
T61 Loren Roberts 1 73
T61 Mark Calcavecchia 1 73
T61 Joey Sindelar 1 73
T61 David Morland IV 1 73
T61 Gibby Gilbert III 1 73
T68 Tom Byrum 2 74
T68 David Frost 2 74
T68 Cameron Beckman 2 74
T68 Jeff Sluman 2 74
T68 Jay Haas 2 74
T68 Gary Nicklaus 2 74
T68 Marcus Meloan 2 74
T75 Gene Sauers 3 75
T75 Paul Broadhurst 3 75
77 Mark Brooks 5 77
78 Brad Faxon 6 78
79 Peter Jacobsen 7 79
80 Blaine McCallister 8 80
81 Tom Kite 12 84