David Frost leads the Toshiba Classic at the Newport Beach Country Club in Florida by one shot, shooting a first round of -8 under par, 63.
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South African David Frost has managed to break par eight times out of ten Champions Tour rounds this year. He leads Fred Couples by one shot, after Fred completed his first round at -7 under par, 64.
David gave credit for his continuing good form to a coach from Germany, who has been giving him instruction since 2007;
” I’ve been working on my game and I’ve worked with a guy in Germany since 2007, I’ve really enjoyed the bio mechanical part of the golf game. It’s given me a lot more flow to the game. I feel a lot more relaxed, I don’t feel too much pressure in my game, and it allows me a lot more freedom. And so what if I hit one or two bad shots. I feel that things are quite in place and until things really go wrong, then I’ll start worrying.”
Fred was the 2010 winner here at the Newport Beach Country Club, and is playing in only his second senior event and third overall tournament of the year.
Fred said he was happy to make a lot of good putts today;
” I made a mile of putts, I just happened to make more putts than I expected to. I haven’t played that much and I worked on my chipping and putting. There are some delicate chips on this course.”
Jim Gallagher Jnr is alone in third place on -5 under par, first round of 66. Jim qualified for this event under the Career Victory Exemption List, but that status runs out following this event. He has secured a sponsor exemption for next week in his home-state event in Mississippi.
Jim spoke about losing his playing status;
“You know, you try not to think about it, it’s there, I mean, I’m not stupid to it. But in my career I’ve played pretty good when my back was against the wall.”
Good Luck for the rest of this event Jim, and play well next week at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.