PHOENIX (AP) — Paul Goydos and Tim Petrovic shot 8-under 63 on Thursday to share the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, leaving points leader Bernhard Langer seven strokes back in the PGA Tour Champions’ season finale.
In sunny, 80-degree conditions at Phoenix Country Club, Langer parred the final nine holes for a 70. The 61-year-old German star opened with a chip-in eagle on the par-5 first, but had two front-nine bogeys.
Goydos also eagled the first and closed with a birdie on the par-5 18th. He won the 2016 event at Desert Mountain.
“The problem you have is the golf course is in perfect condition, the weather’s perfect. It’s going to be hard to keep the scores down,” Goydos said “Eight-under par’s going to finish 15th and 20th maybe, so you need to kind of keep going. And you don’t really kind of worry about too many things until — it’s a cliche — but the back nine on Sunday, you start making decisions.”
Petrovic eagled the 306-yard, par-4 fifth and rebounded from a bogey on the par-4 17th with a birdie on 18.
“A lot of greens, hit a lot of shots in what I call the ‘Petro…