Tom Pernice Jr. has won three times on the Champions Tour.
Scottsdale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) -
Tom Pernice, Jr. opened up with a 5-under 65 in Thursday's first round and he holds a 1-shot lead at the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Pernice has won three times on the Champions Tour, including once this season at the Principal Charity Classic.
Bernhard Langer, who has already secured the season-long Charles Schwab Cup after a sixth-place finish at last week's AT&T Championship, is tied for second with three others at 4-under 66. He is joined there by Joe Durant, Jay Haas and Kenny Perry after the first round on the Conchise Course at the Desert Mountain Club.
Getting back to the top
By Phil Sokol, Director of Operations
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
It's been several years since Sean O'Hair contended in a PGA Tour event. In fact, O'Hair, the 2005 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year and a four-time winner in 10 seasons, has struggled the past three years on Tour, posting just two top-10 finishes in that span, both in 2012.
After fighting to retain his card for the 2015 campaign, O'Hair has shown encouraging signs in the first three starts of the season. Although he withdrew from the Frys.com Open after making the cut in the first event, O'Hair bounced back with a tie for 63rd in Vegas and a tie for 17th last week in Georgia. In fact, O'Hair's weekend total of 132 was his lowest weekend scoring since the 2008 Arnold Palmer Invitational, where Tiger Woods curled in a lengthy putt on the final hole to clip him at the wire.