NEWPORT BEACH — With pleasant weather and ideal course conditions this week many predicted low scores for the 17th
He called it one of his best putting rounds. He ended it with an eagle on the par-five, 510-yard 18th. His 60 also tied a course record, and his 7-under 29 on the back nine also tied a course best.
With a five-shot lead – which matches the largest first-round lead in Champions Tour's history – Price appears on his way to matching Purtzer as the champ. It would be the 54-year-old's fourth victory on the 50-and-older tour.
"I shot a couple of 61s which were 11-under, which is basically the same what I shot today," he said. "Sixty just sounds better to me. There was a flash in my mind when I eagled 15, I sort of thought to myself, if I birdie the last three holes I can break 60, which I've never done before."
Though Price ended on a high note with his eagle on the 18th, he said his shot of the day came on his other eagle, on the par-five 495-yard 15th. From 218 yards, he used a 2-iron on his approach shot that got him two feet from the pin.
Langer, the Champions Tour Player of the Year the past three years, as well as O'Meara,
Couples, the defending champion and Champions Tour Rookie of the Year, shot a 66, tying with
Langer is coming off a victory at the ACE Group Classic in Naples, Fla. Feb. 20. During that same time, Couples finished tied for sixth at the
Meanwhile, Price finished tied for third at the ACE Group Classic. Last week, he could've taken a break, like the others on the Champions Tour. But he played the PGA Tour's
He said that tournament took a lot out of him. But he found his groove Friday, which he credited some to changes in his equipment, including a blade belly putter instead of the mallet he had used.