Friday, February 23, 2018
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Trio share first-round lead at Champions Tour’s Charles Schwab Cup

PHOENIX — Defending champion Paul Goydos and major winners Vijay Singh and Lee Janzen shot 7-under 64 Friday to share the first-round lead in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

Bernhard Langer, trying to sweep the Champions Tour’s three playoff events and win the Charles Schwab Cup season points title for the fourth straight year and fifth overall, was tied for 28th at par 71 at Phoenix Country Club. The points leader is one of five players who needs only to win the season-ending tournament to top the yearlong points race.

Jerry Smith and Glen Day were a stroke back at 65. Corey Pavin, David Toms and Joe Durant shot 66.

Goydos birdied two of the last three holes and five of the final seven. "The golf course is in perfect shape," Goydos said. "It’s just you want the scores to be higher, have lousy greens and bad fairways and the scores will be plenty high enough. The scores are going to be good."

Langer, 60, opened the playoffs with victories in the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond, Va., and took the PowerShares QQQ Championship two weeks ago in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He won three of the tour’s five majors this season and has a tour-best seven victories.

Singh played the final 10 holes in 6 under. "I played nicely," he said. "I drove the ball well, which is key on this golf course. I think you’ve got to hit a lot of fairways."

Scott McCarron is second in the standings, followed by Kenny Perry, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Kevin Sutherland. McCarron, playing alongside Langer in the final group on the warm, sunny afternoon in the desert, closed with a bogey for 68. Sutherland had 69, Perry shot 72, and Jimenez was tied for last in the 36-player field at 74.

Fred Couples, Colin Montgomerie and John Daly were at 69.

PGA: Patrick Rodgers made four straight birdies to take the lead before it was too dark to continue at the storm-delayed OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Rodgers was at 11 under with three holes remaining in the second round. He was one shot ahead of Rickie Fowler, who also had three holes remaining, and Patton Kizzire, who posted 70 for the clubhouse lead at 10-under 132. The round was halted for 2 hours, 15 minutes. Rodgers, who was 7 under for his round when play was suspended, is one of the few players from the high school class of 2011 who is still trying to win on tour. Others from that class include Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger and Xander Schauffele.

LPGA: Shanshan Feng carded 1-over 73 for a one-shot lead after the third round of the Blue Bay tournament in Hainan, China. Feng, who is from China and won last week in Japan, had an up-and-down day with three birdies and four bogeys to finish at 7-under 209. She is looking to become the first back-to-back winner of 2017. Second-round leader Ashleigh Buhai (76) dropped to third, two strokes behind Feng. Moriya Jutanugarn (68) hit seven birdies to move up six places to second at 6 under.

PGA Europe: Victor Dubuisson shot 2-under 70 for a two-shot lead at 6-under 138 after two rounds of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa. Darren Fichardt (69) and two-time Nedbank winner Lee Westwood (70) were at 140. Race to Dubai leader Tommy Fleetwood (74) was tied for 37th, leaving him with an uphill task for a win that would seal the tour’s season title ahead of the season-ending Tour Championship in Dubai next weekend.

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