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Mize Shoots 62 to Lead ACE Championship
Larry Mize played an almost-perfect round on what he called a perfect day for golf.
Mize shot a 10-under 62 in calm, sunny conditions Friday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Champions Tour’s ACE Group Classic.
Mize holed a 35-foot eagle putt on the par-5 17th and birdied No. 18. He hit 12 of 14 fairways, all 18 greens in regulation and had just 27 putts.
“I just think it was an ideal day to play golf,” said the 53-year-old Mize, the 2010 Montreal Championship winner for his lone title on the 50-and-over tour.
Tom Lehman, the player of the year last season, was second along with Kenny Perry and 2011 Senior British Open champion Russ Cochran. Mike Goodes, who won the qualifier Tuesday, was another stroke back at 65.
Jay Don Blake birdied five of his first eight holes but lost a stroke coming in and finished the first round with a four under par 68. Dan Forsman shot one under par 71 and Mike Reid was one over par 73.