Goy­dos leads by 1 stroke at Sch­wab

The Arizona Republic - - Auto Racing -

Paul Goy­dos birdied the par-5 18th for a 6-un­der 65 and a one-stroke lead in the PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons’ sea­son-end­ing Charles Sch­wab Cup Cham­pi­onship.

Tied for the first-round lead with Tim Petro­vic after a 63, Goy­dos had six birdies in the bo­gey-free round in warm, sunny con­di­tions at Phoenix Coun­try Club.

“I was very, in a sense, for lack of a bet­ter word, sim­ple,” Goy­dos said. “I hit a lot of fair­ways, hit a lot of greens and I made six putts for birdie. A cou­ple of them short and a cou­ple of nice midrange ones. I think what I take out of it is I didn’t put a lot of pres­sure on my­self.”

The 54-year-old Goy­dos won the 2016 event at Desert Moun­tain. He has five vic­to­ries on the 50-and-over tour after win­ning twice on the PGA Tour.

“The weather’s sup­posed to be good, the scores are go­ing to be good this week­end,” Goy­dos said. “Should be ex­cit­ing.”

Scott McCar­ron, one of six play­ers left in the sea­son-long Charles Sch­wab Cup points race for a $1 mil­lion an­nu­ity, was a stroke back at 13 un­der after a 64. He birdied the fi­nal two holes.

“I drove the ball pretty well, hit a lot of fair­ways, gave my­self a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties, and then hit it close on 17 and 18,” McCar­ron said. “Al­ways nice to be able to fin­ish the round hit­ting it close.” Petro­vic was 12 un­der after a 67. “Just a lit­tle shaky out of gate,” Petro­vic said. “Just kind of chun­ked a chip on the first hole and three-putted on the sec­ond hole. That’s not the way you want to start. … I got my­self back into it, for sure.”

Wes Short Jr. had a 63 to match Duffy Wal­dorf (65) at 9 un­der. Vi­jay Singh (67) and Marco Daw­son (65) were 8 un­der, and Cup con­tender Jerry Kelly (67), Stephen Ames (67) and de­fend­ing cham­pion Kevin Suther­land (68) were an­other stroke back.

Points leader Bern­hard Langer (70) and No. 2 Scott Parel (69) were tied for 20th at 2 un­der.

Langer and Parel would take the Cup with a tour­na­ment vic­tory, while Miguel An­gel Jimenez, Kelly, McCar­ron and David Toms need a win and help from other play­ers. Langer has won the sea­son­long com­pe­ti­tion four times, three straight from 2014-16.

Toms was 6 un­der after a 67, and Jimenez 2 over after a 75.

PHO­TOS BY CHRIS­TIAN PE­TERSEN/GETTY IMAGES

Paul Goy­dos chips from the bunker onto the fifth green dur­ing the sec­ond round of the Charles Sch­wab Cup Cham­pi­onship Fri­day at Phoenix Coun­try Club.

Scott McCar­ron plays a tee shot on the fourth hole dur­ing the sec­ond round of the Charles Sch­wab Cup Cham­pi­onship at Phoenix Coun­try Club on Fri­day. McCar­ron is 1 stroke off the lead.

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