Goodes leads Boeing Classic by 1 stroke
August 24, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
SNOQUALMIE, Washington -- Mike Goodes shot an 8-under 64 on Friday for a one-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's Boeing Classic.
Goodes, 57, got off to a fast start with an eagle on the first hole, knocking it in from a bunker. He then had six birdies in the first round at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.
Goodes, who maintained his amateur status until joining the Champions Tour in 2007, is looking for his second career win to go with the 2009 Allianz Championship. The last time he led any round in any tournament was the 2013 Insperity Open in Houston.
In the previous nine Boeing tournaments, no first-round leader has gone on to win the title.
Mark Brooks was alone in second after a 65. The 1996 PGA champion shot a 6-under 30 on the back nine, one short of the course and tournament record of 29 set by Scott Simpson in 2006.
Mark O'Meara, Gene Sauers, Scott Hoch, Mark McNulty and Jeff Sluman are at 6 under.
Five players shot a 67, including Mark Calcavecchia. He shot a 5-under 31 on the front nine, matching the course record done 20 times, including by Calcavecchia in the opening round last year.
Goodes did not want to play on the PGA Tour. He ran a successful business and preferred to remain an amateur. He was convinced by his business partner and his wife to try the 50-over circuit in 2007. For his first two seasons, 2007 and 2008, he got into tournaments through the arduous Monday qualifying.
He has won more than $3.5 million on the Champions Tour with 20 top-10 finishes in 165 career starts.
"The money's great but I love competing, like most people, and to be able to compete against Fred Couples and Bernhard Langer and Fred Funk and Mark O'Meara, sometimes you beat on them and most of the time you lose to them, but to compete with them is living the dream," Goodes said.