Goydos, Barron, Dawson tied for Champions lead in St. Louis


ST. LOUIS (AP)Paul Goydos, Doug Barron and Marco Dawson each shot 5-under 66 on Friday to share the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ inaugural Ascension Charity Classic.

Jim Furyk, Vijay Singh, Wes Short Jr., Steve Flesch and Cliff Kresge were a stroke back on Norwood Hills’ West Course, the tree-lined layout where Ben Hogan won the 1948 PGA Championship for his second major title.

Goydos had six birdies and bogey in his morning round.

”I had a good day,” Goydos said. ”I think also playing in the morning was a little softer and a little more inviting didn’t hurt either. But I hit a lot of fairways, I hit a lot of greens and I made a lot of putts and that’s usually a good formula. It’s amazing how that works.”

John Daly opened with a 68.

”It’s an old traditional golf course,” Daly said. ”It’s something we don’t get to play a lot anymore and it’s really cool.”

Daly went to Helias High School in Jefferson City, also starring as a kicker and punter. On Wednesday night, he threw out the first pitch at the Dodgers-Cardinals game – a toss he unsuccessfully tried to fire over the screen behind the plate.

”St. Louis has always been a great fan base of any sport,” Daly said. ”Bellerive was crazy a couple years ago. It’s just so awesome. They’ve always been a great town, a great city of sports. Love the Cardinals, love their Blues, and that’s what you love about coming here, it’s just a great, great fan base city and it’s good to have them on my side.”

Furyk bogeyed the par-4 17th to fall out of the tie for the lead.

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