GRAND BLANC, Mich. — Bernhard Langer shot his age on his sixty fourth birthday Friday for a share of the lead with Marco Dawson within the suspended first spherical of the Ally Problem.
“I used to be texting with my household this morning due to the rain delay and I stated, ‘My aim is to shoot my age right now and provides myself a birthday current.’ Simply exhibits you the strengths of the thoughts should you put one thing in your thoughts and a aim and typically you may obtain it. It is the primary time I shot my age. I’ve tried for 2 years.”
Langer had 9 birdies and a bogey at Warwick Hills, taking part in the again 9 in 6-under 30 within the spherical that began about 5 hours late due to the rain.
“It was superior,” Langer stated. “To begin with, that ambiance all day was unimaginable from individuals singing ‘Joyful Birthday’ three completely different instances in the course of the day.”
The German star has 41 PGA Tour Champions victories, 4 off Hale Irwin’s file.
“To have the ability to do that for 45 years now for myself as knowledgeable on tour, it is just about extraordinary that a few years, and to achieve success most of these years,” Langer stated. “So I am very blessed, I do know it. I’ve obtained to pinch myself each infrequently.”
He gained his final title in March 2020.
“I am nonetheless fairly wholesome,” Langer stated. “I’ve numerous aches and pains, however I am fairly wholesome. I can do that nonetheless pretty effectively and nonetheless aggressive. I do know Father Time is ticking and it will not final eternally, so I am making an attempt to take pleasure in every single day I am out right here.”
Dawson eagled the par-5 sixteenth with a 60-yard shot and had six birdies for his 8-under 64.
“Drove it effectively and I putted effectively. That often results in good scoring,” Dawson stated. “And the irons had been fairly good for probably the most half.”
Defending champion Jim Furyk was a stroke again with Joe Durant and Ok.J. Choi, with Choi nonetheless on the course with a gap left when the spherical was suspended for the day due to darkness.
Furyk gained final 12 months in his Champions debut and took the PURE Insurance coverage Championship a month and a half later in his second senior begin. Additionally the winner of the PGA Tour’s 2003 Buick Open at Warwick Hills, he gained the U.S. Senior Open final month in Nebraska and tied for second final week within the Boeing Basic.
Furyk holed a 97-yard shot on the par-5 first for an eagle.
“Obtained off to an actual quick begin holing a wedge there at 1 and made an eagle early,” Furyk stated. “Then sort of plodded alongside, made some good pars, had a pair beauty. Was in a position to get a putt at 6 and that sort of opened the floodgates.”
Darren Clarke, taking part in alongside Furyk and Ernie Els, was at 66 with Woody Austin. Doug Barron additionally was 6 beneath with a gap left.
Davis Love III, grouped with Langer and Boeing Basic winner Rod Pampling, opened with a 67.
Retief Goosen, the runner-up final 12 months, additionally shot 67. He is taking part in for the primary time for the reason that U.S. Senior Open on July 11. Els shot 69.