Els hits 50-ft eagle putt on 18, shares Boeing lead

Golf

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. — Ernie Els made a 50-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th for a 66-under 66 and a share of the Boeing Traditional lead Friday with Woody Austin and Billy Mayfair.

“That putt on 18 is clearly an enormous bonus,” Els mentioned.

Els additionally had six birdies and two bogeys at Snoqualmie Ridge.

“I had a pleasant spherical,” Els mentioned. “That is it. I felt like I used to be in command of my golf swing, which is sweet. For me, I’ve obtained to actually get the tee photographs in play, which I did a lot of the day.”

The 51-year-old South African star, a four-time main champion, gained each of his PGA Tour Champions titles in 2020.

The 57-year-old Austin birdied three of the final 4 holes and had had 9 birdies and three bogeys. He has 4 senior victories after additionally successful 4 PGA Tour titles.

“It has been a tough yr. I have never performed properly,” Austin mentioned. “It is most likely the perfect spherical I’ve performed all yr, most likely the one spherical I’ve performed actual good all yr and I nonetheless made three bogeys, so it is simply been a goofy yr. I simply have not been in a position to rating.”

Mayfair rebounded from a bogey on 16 with a birdie on 18.

“I hit the ball very properly in the present day,” Mayfair mentioned. “I hit it in the correct spots. I made some putts.”

Winless on the 50-and-over tour after successful 5 occasions on the PGA Tour, the 55-year-old Mayfair additionally had the first-round lead final week in Calgary, Alberta, capturing an 8-under 62 en path to a fifth-place end.

Davis Love III closed with a bogey to drop right into a tie for fourth at 67 with 2018 winner Scott Parel, 2017 champion Jerry Kelly and Steven Alker.

Jim Furyk and Colin Montgomerie topped the group at 68.

Brandt Jobe, the 2019 winner within the occasion that was canceled final yr due to the COVID-10 pandemic, had a 70.

Two-time Boeing winner Bernhard Langer additionally opened with a 70.

Taking part in alongside Love, native favourite Fred Couples and Mike Weir shot 72.

“Simply was mediocre,” {Couples} mentioned. “Really, I hit the ball strong and every part and I simply saved making bogeys. Then the again 9, hit the ball form of the identical, clearly, just a little bit higher.”

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