“I used to be texting with my household this morning due to the rain delay and I mentioned, ‘My aim is to shoot my age at present and provides myself a birthday current.’ Simply exhibits you the strengths of the thoughts in the event you put one thing in your thoughts and a aim and generally you’ll be able to obtain it. It is the primary time I shot my age. I’ve tried for 2 years.”
Langer had 9 birdies and a bogey at Warwick Hills, taking part in the again 9 in 6-under 30 within the spherical that began about 5 hours late due to the rain.
“It was superior,” Langer mentioned. “Initially, that ambiance all day was unbelievable from individuals singing ‘Pleased Birthday’ three totally different occasions throughout the day.”
The German star has 41 PGA Tour Champions victories, 4 off Hale Irwin‘s document.
“To have the ability to do that for 45 years now for myself as an expert on tour, it is just about exceptional that a few years, and to achieve success most of these years,” Langer mentioned. “So I am very blessed, I do know it. I’ve received to pinch myself each on occasion.”
He gained his final title in March 2020.
“I am nonetheless fairly wholesome,” Langer mentioned. “I’ve plenty of aches and pains, however I am fairly wholesome. I can do that nonetheless pretty nicely and nonetheless aggressive. I do know Father Time is ticking and it will not final without end, so I am making an attempt to take pleasure in day by day I am out right here.”
Dawson eagled the par-5 sixteenth with a 60-yard shot and had six birdies for his 8-under 64.
“Drove it nicely and I putted nicely. That normally results in good scoring,” Dawson mentioned. “And the irons had been fairly good for probably the most half.”
Furyk gained final yr in his Champions debut and took the PURE Insurance coverage Championship a month and a half later in his second senior begin. Additionally the winner of the PGA Tour’s 2003 Buick Open at Warwick Hills, he gained the U.S. Senior Open final month in Nebraska and tied for second final week within the Boeing Traditional.
Furyk holed a 97-yard shot on the par-5 first for an eagle.
“Bought off to an actual quick begin holing a wedge there at 1 and made an eagle early,” Furyk mentioned. “Then type of plodded alongside, made some good pars, had a pair attractiveness. Was capable of get a putt at 6 and that type of opened the floodgates.”
Retief Goosen, the runner-up final yr, additionally shot 67. He is taking part in for the primary time for the reason that U.S. Senior Open on July 11. Els shot 69.