BOCA RATON, Florida (AP) — Mark Calcavecchia shot an eight-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-four 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 two, which was my 11th hole, and then really never made another one. Kind of lipped one out on eight about six feet. Hit a beautiful shot in there.”
Calcavecchia won the last of his three senior titles in 2015. He won the 1989 British Open 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 three-wood to 30 feet, but closed with a bogey on the par-four ninth.