WATCH: Opening round highlights from the Shaw Charity Classic
Records, it turns out, are meant to be matched when it comes to the Shaw Charity Classic.
Last year saw Bill Glasson break the course record for the Champions Tour event at Canyon Meadows Golf Club with a 62 in the final round. It didn’t take long for someone to match Glasson’s performance, with Tom Pernice Jr. and Bart Bryant each shooting 62 in the opening round of this year’s Shaw Charity Classic.
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Pernice, who started on the back nine, recorded five straight birdies, and 10 overall, while Bryant had one bogey to go against nine birdies to also match the course record. South African David Frost is one shot back at 7-under par.
It has been said that following up a great round with another stellar performance is one of the toughest feats in golf. Last year’s winner, Rocco Mediate, tied the course record on the opening day and then went low in the second and third rounds, carding 64, 63 to finish at 22-under.
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Pernice, who has three Champions Tour wins to go with two PGA Tour wins, says he doesn’t think it is a challenge to follow a great round.
“You’ve just got to keep doing what you’re doing,” Pernice said after his round. “Today’s one day and tomorrow’s another and you’ve just got to keep plotting ahead.”
Many expected Canyon Meadows to play tougher this year after Mediate’s record tying performance last year for the lowest score ever recorded on the Champions Tour. That’s largely because the par 5 15thhole was turned into a 492-yard par 4 for this year’s tournament. That turned an easy birdie hole into a challenge and scores were expected to rise.
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They didn’t and Champions Tour players still averaged less than par on the hole, and it was only the ninth most difficult hole so far.
Though the tournament is only through its first of three rounds, some of the big names fired their way up the leaderboard, while others will have to go low to move themselves into contention.
Calgary’s Stephen Ames shot an even par 70 to sit in 57th position, while last year’s winner, Mediate, carded a 2-under to sit in 34th position, alongside Fred Couples.