Calcavecchia leads Boca Raton Championship
Enters weekend with one-shot lead after stellar 8-under 64 at The Old Course at Broken Sound
February 09, 2018
By The Associated Press
- Mark Calcavecchia went low on Friday at the Boca Raton Championship. (Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- Mark Calcavecchia shot an 8-under 64 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the Boca Raton Championship, the PGA TOUR Champions' first full-field event of the season.
The 57-year-old Calcavecchia birdied seven of his first 10 holes and added another on the par-4 seventh at The Old Course at Broken Sound.
"It was, for 10 holes, a spectacular putting exhibition," Calcavecchia said. "I didn't miss, literally, which was nice. And then I lipped one out on 2, which was my 11th hole, and then really never made another one. Kind of lipped one out on 8 about 6 feet. Hit a beautiful shot in there."
Calcavecchia won the last of his three PGA TOUR Champions titles in 2015. He won The Open Championship in 1989 for one of his 13 PGA TOUR titles.
"I could have hit a few more fairways, but some of these fairways aren't that easy to hit, so really good day," Calcavecchia said. "I knew I was playing pretty good coming in. Been feeling pretty good, playing a lot of golf. Great start, obviously."
Rocco Mediate and Jeff Maggert were a stroke back. Mediate eagled the seventh, hitting a 3-wood to 30 feet, but closed with a bogey on the par-4 ninth.
"You've got to get yourself sort in position on this tour on the first day or else you're toast because the scores, as you see, go low," said Mediate, the 2013 winner. "If you're not good the first day, you have no chance."
Bernhard Langer, the 2010 winner in his home event, was at 66 with Fred Funk and Jesper Parnevik. The 60-year-old Langer won seven times, three of them majors, last season.
"I played solid," Langer said. "Made my first bogey when I might have hit my best shot, a 4-iron off the tee that just went further than I thought. Just got to work on my putting a little bit and I should be right there on Sunday."
John Daly, playing alongside Langer, was another stroke back with 2014 champion Michael Allen, 2015 winner Paul Goydos, Steve Flesch, Duffy Waldorf, Kirk Triplett, Jerry Smith and Kent Jones.
"Bernhard always plays good," Daly said. "So when he's playing good, making birdies, you kind of feed off of him. ... When you play with Bernhard, you've got to play good. Somehow or another you've got to find a way because he's always going to shoot under par."
Colin Montgomerie had a 70, and defending champion Scott McCarron shot 73.
Rookie Charlie Rymer made his PGA TOUR Champions debut on Friday. The longtime Golf Channel personality birdied his first two holes and finished with a 3-over 75.
Round 1 highlights at Boca Raton Championship
Mark Calcavecchia, 34–30—64 (-8)
• Calcavecchia’s 64 matches his career-low round and is his 10th on PGA TOUR Champions. His last 64 came in the second round of the 2017 3M Championship.
• Starting the day on No. 10, he had a total of six birdies on his front nine and remained bogey-free for the day.
• He is making his seventh start at the Boca Raton Championship, with his best finish being a tie for seventh in 2012. It was the second time he shot 64 at The Old Course at Broken Sound, and his tournament scoring average entering this week was 71.06.
• The last time he led after 18 holes was the 2014 Principal Charity Classic, where he went on to finish T3.
• The 1989 Open Championship winner has a total of 13 PGA TOUR titles. After turning 50 in 2010, he’s added three PGA TOUR Champions wins to his resume with his most recent being the 2015 Principal Charity Classic.
• Calcavecchia resides in nearby Tequesta, Florida.
Rocco Mediate, 32-33—65 (-7)
• The 2013 Boca Raton Championship winner, Mediate shot 65, including six birdies and an eagle on the 275-yard par-4 seventh hole.
• Mediate’s career lowest round came in the second round of the 2013 Boca Raton Championship where he carded a 61.
• He finished 66th in the Charles Schwab Cup standings last year and opened this season with a 23rd-place finish at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.
Jeff Maggert, 34-31—65 (-7)
• Making his fourth start at the event, Maggert’s opening round 65 was his lowest at The Old Course at Broken Sound.
• His best finish at the Boca Raton Championship was T10 in 2016.
• His 2017 season included four top-10s and a ranking of 44 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings.
• Maggert’s best season on Tour came in 2015 where he had four wins including two major championships (Regions Tradition, U.S. Senior Open) and more than $2 million in earnings.
• Making an 11th start in his hometown event, Bernhard Langer finished the day at 6-under and is currently T4. Langer’s history at the Boca Raton Championship includes a win in 2010 and a total of six top-10s.
• Fred Funk is T4 after opening with a bogey-free 66. He has two top-10s in his last three starts at the Boca Raton Championship, finishing T6 in 2017 and T3 in 2015. Funk recently moved from Ponte Vedra Beach to nearby Jupiter, Florida.
• Jesper Parnevik holed out for eagle on the 345-yard 13th hole, and he rounds out the three-way tie for fourth at 6-under. He opened the season with a T21 finish at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.
• Scott Parel made a hole-in-one on No. 8 with a 7-iron 172 yards, the first of his PGA TOUR Champions career. It was the seventh ace in tournament history and the fourth on No. 8. It was the second of the 2018 PGA TOUR Champions season (Fred Funk at Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai).
• Nine of the tournament’s 11 past champions are competing for another title in Boca Raton. Including Mediate and Langer, a total of four currently sit inside the top-10 after the first round: 2015 winner Paul Goydos (T7) and 2014 winner Michal Allen (T7).
• Making his PGA TOUR Champions debut, Golf Channel analyst Charlie Rymer carded three birdies and finished the day with a 3-over 75 and is currently T67.
• Defending champion Scott McCarron is currently T57.
• Mark O’Meara withdrew prior to the start of the round due to a wrist injury. Steve Pate took his place in the field.
• Stephen Ames signed an incorrect scorecard and was disqualified after Friday’s round.