KJ Choi closed with eagle-birdie-birdie for a seven-underneath 63 to share the principle-round lead with Darren Clarke in the PGA Tour Champions’ Stanford World.
The 51-one year-pale Choi, who obtained eight times on the PGA Tour, enjoyed a bogey-free round at Minnehaha Nation Club.
“Factual originate,” Choi mentioned. “It be very satisfied here, everybody is supporting Sanford and the match is going correct and the golf route is in radiant, improbable form.
“Wanted this route, iron shot and striking. Now and again complicated in the greens and the slope.”
Clarke, the 53-one year-pale foremost champion from Northern Ireland, additionally completed with a birdie on the par-4 18th. He has two victories this season, the TimberTech Championship in November and Mitsubishi Electric Championship in January.
“I exact form loved this golf route from the principle time I came here and I’ve in fact, in fact enjoyed it,” mentioned Clarke, who shot 62 on the route final one year.
“Appears to be like to fit my glimpse. There is a couple holes the build I will open up a little bit and delight in a dig at it, comparable to the principle on the unusual time, straight downwind, so I hit driver off the tee and exact form off the fringe of the green and lobbed it up there. I exact form adore the look of the golf route. “
Sizzling on their heels and one shot in the inspire of after taking pictures 64 were Australian Rod Pampling, Robert Karlsson, Matt Gogel and Brandt Jobe.
A extra stroke inspire is but every other Australian Mark Hensby, Mario Tiziani, Retief Goosen and Kiwi Steven Alker.
Steve Stricker, map to handbook the United States in opposition to Europe next week at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, birdied the final two holes for a 67. He obtained the inaugural match in 2018.
South Dakota player Tom Byrum topped the community at 66 with Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Jerry Kelly and 2020 winner Miguel Angel Jimenez. Fred Couples matched Stricker at 67, and Davis Fancy III had a 69.
Charles Schwab Cup aspects leader Bernhard Langer shot 70.