Jacobsen/Walker duo, 2013 champs tied for 1st in Charity Classic

BARRINGTON, R.I. (WPRI) — One year after the team of Steve Stricker and Bo Van Pelt made CVS Caremark Charity Classic history by scoring a record-setting 25 under par, the team is tied for first place after Monday’s round.

Stricker and Van Pelt were in the middle of the pack after the first nine holes, at just 4 under par. They picked up speed on the second nine when the duo made five birdies in a row to land them at -9.

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Last year’s winning team is tied with 38-year tour veteran Peter Jacobsen and Jimmy Walker, who is currently ranked 17th in the world. The team of Jacobsen and Walker held a strong lead throughout the round, ending the first nine at -6. They managed to stay consistent with nine birdies and nine pars.

The team of tournament co-host Billy Andrade and 2004 CVS Caremark Charity Classic winner Bill Haas are in a close second, finishing Monday’s round at -8.

Many fans focused their attention Monday to Erik Compton, who has undergone two heart transplants, but still remains highly competitive on the PGA tour. Compton and his partner tournament co-host Brad Faxon finished the day at -6 after making a remarkable eagle on the 8th hole. The duo lost a steam on the 18th after missing a putt for par.

The 16th annual tournament started early Monday morning as the field of professional golfers were introduced by Dan Hicks at Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington. The world-class golfers were all smiles as they were introduced on the 18th green with a young representative from their respective charities.

The 16th annual tournament teed off Sunday with the Pepsi Pro-Am, and will continue until Tuesday.

Final Round – Tuesday morning tee times:

8:00: Morgan Pressel and Juli Inkster with Lexi Thompson and Billy Horschel

8:10: Suzann Pettersen and Jonas Blixt with Zack Johnson and Matt Kuchar

8:20: Russell Henley and Harris English with Erik Compton and Brad Faxon

8:30: Hunter Mahan and Jason Dufner with Bill Haas and Billy Andrade

8:40:  Peter Jacobsen and Jimmy Walker with Bo Van Pelt and Steve Stricker

Monday’s activities began at 9 a.m. with a clinic that introduced the field of 20 professionals as well as trick-shot artist Jamie Sadlowski. The 2014 Masters Drive, Chip and Putt winner, 14-year-old Patrick Welch, also demonstrated his contest-winning skills.

The 2014 tournament also includes the ‘Path to Better Health’, which is a walking path that features interactive health and wellness stations. The first 1,000 guests to check in at the tournament’s health and wellness expo will receive a pedometer to track their steps around the course. Those who take the most steps daily can enter to win tournament prizes.

WPRI 12 is a proud media sponsor of the CVS Caremark Charity Classic.

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