Brett Quigley atop PGA Tour Champions Cologuard Classic

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Brett Quigley fired a 7-under-par 65 to seize the first-round lead on the PGA Tour Champions Cologuard Basic on Friday in Tucson, Arizona.

Quigley is one shot forward of John Huston, Kirk Triplett and Brian Cooper, who opened with rounds of 6-under 66 at Omni Tucson Nationwide.

Quigley, 53, made 5 of his eight birdies on the again 9, however in assessing his spherical he felt hed performed higher on the entrance.

I hit numerous good putts, simply did not make a lot, he mentioned. Hastily made a pair on the again, hit it shut a pair occasions and swiftly it was 5 underneath on the again, so it was a bit of simpler.

Quigley by no means gained on the PGA Tour. He broke via for one win on the PGA Tour Champions, in Morocco in 2020, however hasnt returned to the rostrum since.

Cooper, who as soon as appeared on the Golf Channel actuality present The Massive Break, earned standing on the PGA Tour Champions this season through Q-Faculty.

Clearly dwelling in Arizona, I imply, this week — enjoying effectively this week would actually imply loads, Cooper mentioned. Ill have household right here, mates right here. This week would actually imply loads.

Cooper posted his lowest spherical in 34 rounds on the tour by making 5 birdies, one bogey and an eagle on the par-5 seventeenth gap.

Triplett seeks his ninth profession win on the PGA Tour Champions and Huston is vying for his third. Huston additionally put an eagle on his card at No. 17.

Germanys Alex Cejka shot a 5-under 67 and is alone in fifth place. Tied for sixth at 4-under 68 are Marco Dawson, Ken Duke, David Toms, Jerry Kelly and Canadian Mike Weir.

Defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain opened with a 2-under 70.

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