Coral Springs, FL (Sports Network) - Bobby Clampett and Damon Green both fired
a 4-under-par 68 on Tuesday to share the lead after one round of the Champions
The top-5 finishers in this tournament will receive full exemptions on the
Champions Tour next season, while the next seven finishers (Nos. 6-12) will
get conditional status for 2013. Additionally, the top-30 finishers will be
eligible to compete for spots in open qualifiers at all co-sponsored events.
Clampett, who had four top-10 finishes on the Champions Tour this season,
fired five birdies during the opening round. His lone misstep was a bogey at
the par-4 fourth, but the former BYU Cougar bounced back with consecutive
birdies on Nos. 5 and 6.
Green, who caddies for Zach Johnson on the PGA Tour, carded an eagle, five
birdies and three bogeys during an up-and-down but effective round. He tied
for 17th at the U.S. Senior Open Championship in July.
Esteban Toledo and Neal Lancaster are one stroke off the pace at 3-under,
while Lance Ten Broeck highlights a group of 10 golfers tied for fifth at
Defending champion Jeff Freeman is back in the field this year after ending in
61st place on the Champions Tour money list. He shot 74 on Tuesday -- good
for a 40th-place tie.
The only major championship winner in the field this week is Steve Jones, who
captured the 1996 U.S. Open title. He is currently tied for 21st place at even
NOTES: The $200,000 purse for this event will be divided amongst the top-30
finishers, with first place garnering $30,000 ... Of the 78 golfers in the
field this week, 14 have won on the PGA Tour. Those 14 have a combined 29
titles ... Last year, Freeman carded four 66's en route to a 4-stroke win over
Gary Hallberg and Jim Rutledge.
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