Jeff Maggert used a sizzling new putter to take the first-round lead within the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, and Bernhard Langer, Jerry Kelly, Retief Goosen and Colin Montgomerie made strikes to catch Scott McCarron within the PGA Excursion Champions’ season standings
Jeff Maggert used a sizzling new putter to take the first-round lead within the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, and Bernhard Langer, Jerry Kelly, Retief Goosen and Colin Montgomerie made strikes to catch Scott McCarron within the PGA Excursion Champions’ season standings.
Maggert shot an Eight-under 63 on Thursday in highest stipulations at Phoenix Nation Membership to take a one-stroke lead over Langer, with Miguel Angel Jimenez, Paul Goydos and Steve Flesch every other shot again, and Kelly and Goosen at 66 with Lee Janzen and Scott Parel.
Maggert entered the season finale 34th within the standings, simply 3 spots from failing to qualify.
“I do not know what came about these days,” Maggert mentioned. “I appreciated the direction ultimate 12 months, felt like I may just play neatly right here. To be truthful, I were given a brand new putter on the Ping manufacturing facility on Monday and once I noticed it, I says, ‘Wow, this seems to be excellent, I believe I will make some putts with this.’ Lo and behold, I made a large number of excellent putts these days.”
Kelly wishes a victory or assist from McCarron to take the season identify.
“I am feeling lovely excellent presently,” Kelly mentioned. “It is only a subject of staying forged. I were given just a little drained on the finish, issues were given just a little free and I have were given to get more potent because the week is going on.”
McCarron, the issues chief the ultimate 20 weeks, was once tied for 22nd within the 34-man box after a 69.
“Manner not anything presently,” McCarron mentioned. “I do not know if I am main or Jerry’s main, does not even subject. All I do know is I have were given to head available in the market and play just a little bit higher the following 3 days.”
McCarron has no longer gained since June and has simplest two best 10s in his ultimate six tournaments.
Coming off a playoff loss to Montgomerie on Sunday in California, Langer closed his bogey-free around with a birdie at the par-Five 18th. Langer is 3rd within the standings, placing the 62-year-old German superstar in place to win his 6th Charles Schwab Cup identify — with assist from McCarron and Kelly.
“You’ll be able to’t win it the 1st day, however you’ll lose it,” Langer mentioned. “So, I am pleased with the place I’m.”
Montgomerie, fourth within the standings, had a 67.
Goosen, at 5th within the standings, is the ultimate participant with an opportunity to take the season identify with a victory.
Vijay Singh, the event winner ultimate 12 months, didn’t qualify.