KALGARIE, Alberta – Billy Mayfair shot an 8-under 62 under Canyon Meadows on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over the Canadian star Mike Weir after the first round of the PGA Tour Champions’ Shaw Charity Classic.
Undefeated on the 50-and-more tour after winning five times at the PGA Tour, the 55-year-old Mayfair has four straight birdies in the middle of the round and leaves birds at the par-5 fourth and par-4 seventh.
“Almost everything went right today,” Mayfair said. “It’s been a long time since I got so low, and I was very happy with it.”
Weir takes the par-5 11th. The 2003 Masters champion won the Insperity Invitational in early May in Texas for his only senior title. In his last start, he finished second at the U.S. Senior Open in Nebraska.
“It took me a while to find my rhythm,” Weir said. “I was up and down a bit … In the middle of the round I caught fire with a birdie and an eagle at 10, 11, but I just got a little quiet.” “Looked at it a few times and did not make it. All in all, it was a very good day.”
The tournament is the first PGA Tour or PGA Tour event in Canada since the Shaw Charity Classic in 2019.
Bernhard Langer shoots a 68. Defending champion West Short Jr. opened with a 70.
Robert Allenby he has a 71. He turned 50 last month and finished tied for 64th place in the Senior British Open in his Champions debut.