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Paul Goydos, Tim Petrovic share opening-round lead at Charles Schwab Cup Championship

PHOENIX — Paul Goydos and Tim Petrovic shot Eight-under 63 on Thursday to share the lead within the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, leaving factors chief Bernhard Langer seven strokes again within the PGA Tour Champions’ season finale.

In sunny, 80-degree situations at Phoenix Country Club, Langer parred the ultimate 9 holes for a 70. The 61-year-old German star opened with a chip-in eagle on the par-5 first however had two front-nine bogeys.

Goydos additionally eagled the primary and closed with a birdie on the par-5 18th. He received the 2016 occasion at Desert Mountain.

“The problem you have is the golf course is in perfect condition, the weather’s perfect. It’s going to be hard to keep the scores down,” Goydos stated “Eight-under par’s going to finish 15th and 20th maybe, so you need to kind of keep going. And you don’t really kind of worry about too many things until — it’s a cliche — but the back nine on Sunday, you start making decisions.”

Petrovic eagled the 306-yard, par-Four fifth and rebounded from a bogey on the par-Four 17th with a birdie on 18.

“A lot of greens, hit a lot of shots in what I call the ‘Petro range,'” Petrovic stated. “These greens are just rolling so good, you get it on line, it’s going to go in.”

Scott Parel, No. 2 within the standings after successful two weeks in the past at Sherwood, made a double-bogey on 18 for a 71.

Langer and Parel would take the Cup with a event victory, whereas Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jerry Kelly, Scott McCarron and David Toms would want a win and assist from different gamers. Langer has received the season-long competitors 4 instances, three straight from 2014 to 2016. He has two victories this 12 months.

McCarron topped the six contenders for the $1 million annuity, closing with an eagle for a 65.

“I just missed a short putt on 17, so I really wanted to have a chance to make eagle on 18 and I just absolutely killed the driver down there,” McCarron stated. “I don’t know how far it was, but I only had 181 yards to the front and just ripped a 6-iron. I wasn’t trying to hit it right of the hole location there, I was trying to hit it a little bit left of it. I pushed it just a tad, but I hit it really hard, so it was good and it came out great, just about 15 feet below the hole.”

Kelly had a 68, and Jimenez and Toms shot 69.

Glen Day shot 66, and defending champion Kevin Sutherland was at 67 with Vijay Singh, Joe Durant, Billy Mayfair, Lee Janzen, Kent Jones and Jeff Maggert.

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