David Frost shot a first round 63 on Friday to take a one shot lead over Fred Couples in the Toshiba Classic at The Newport Beach Country Club. Jim Gallagher Jr. is three stroke back in sole possession of third place. The 54 year old from Cape Town, South Africa went bogey free on the afternoon, and bested Couples by the only bogey he made on the day at the 10th hole.
The Newport Beach Country Club is an old style course that puts more weight on accuracy than distance. Most of the par 5’s are reachable in two by most of the field. You must be in the correct place in the fairway however, if you have any hopes for a birdie.
Charles Schwab Cup points leader, Bernhard Langer is lurking four shots back, in a tie with three others, including Chien Soon Lu from Taiwan, American, D A Weibring, and Barry Lane from England. Langer had a crazy day that included two eagles, three birdies, and three bogeys.
Frost has had a pretty good start to the 2013 season. He was P2 at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii, followed that with a T9 at the Allianz, and a fifth place tie at the Ace Group Classic two weeks ago.
David Frost has 28 wins in his professional career that began in 1981, which includes 10 PGA titles. He has two European Tour wins, and six on the Sunshine Tour. He has never won a major championship, with his best effort coming at the 1995 Masters where he finished tied fifth. He won the Byron Nelson award in 1987.
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