RICHMOND, Va. — Steven Alker shot a 9-under 63 on Friday to take the first-round lead within the Dominion Power Charity Basic, the primary of three PGA Tour Champions playoff occasions.
Alker had a bogey-free spherical on The Nation Membership of Virginia’s James River Course, making 9 birdies in a 12-hole stretch from No. 12 to No. 5. The 50-year-old New Zealander is fifty fifth within the season standings.
“It is a new chapter for me coming from Korn Ferry and taking part in with these younger guys — large, robust, hitting it perpetually,” Alker mentioned. “So in locations I used to be aggressive on the market, however I am sort of perhaps a bit extra aggressive out right here. My sport’s simply coming round on the proper time. You have nonetheless received to play golf and shoot the scores.”
Steve Flesch is a stroke again. He closed with a birdie on the par-4 18th.
“I have been placing nice and I am not overthinking something, which is the magic deal,” Flesch mentioned. “I actually am taking part in golf like I performed basketball. After I received the ball, I simply shot it, and that is how I am taking part in golf. I am taking like one look with the putter and I am going. I am not giving myself any time to muddle up my melon.”
Jim Furyk opened with a 69.
Defending champion Phil Mickelson shot 71, making a double bogey on the par-3 fourth. He received the Constellation Furyk & Mates two weeks in the past in Florida for his third senior victory in 4 profession begins.