08/01 18:03 CDT Marco Dawson leads 3M Championship
Marco Dawson leads 3M Championship
BLAINE, Minn. (AP) --- Tuesday qualifier Marco Dawson shot a 9-under 63 on
Friday to take the lead in the Champions Tour's 3M Championship, leaving
Bernhard Langer a stroke back five days after the German star's record-breaking
victory in the Senior British Open.
Dawson, playing the back nine first at TPC Twin Cities, birdied three of his
first four holes and chipped in for eagle on No. 18. After a birdie on the
par-5 third hole, he birdied three of his final four holes.
Looking for his first tour victory, Dawson has three top-10 finishes in eight
starts this year, including a tie for fifth three weeks ago in the U.S. Senior
Open. He tied for 39th in the Senior British Open.
Langer, the two-time 3M champion who won by a tour-record 13 strokes Sunday at
Royal Porthcawl, was tied for second with Jeff Maggert, Rocco Mediate and Vijay
Singh. Langer holed out from 155 yards out for an eagle on the par-4 14th and
added birdies on Nos. 16 and 18. However, he birdied just one of the four
Mediate, a part-time Minnesota resident, made a long eagle on the par-5 18th to
cap a bogey-free round.
Kenny Perry opened with a 65, and Mike Goodes, Gary Hallberg, Gene Sauers and
Bobby Wadkins shot 66. Paul Goydos had a 67 in his debut on the 50-and-over
On a perfect day for golf with temperatures in the low 80s and little wind, 56
of 81 players broke par.
Maggert birdied four of six holes in one stretch on the front side, and birdied
three of the final four.
An eagle on the par-5 third hole got Singh to 3 under. Playing in only his
second Champions Tour event of the season, he bogeyed No. 4, but three straight
birdies on the front got him to 5 under through eight.
Sixty-nine-year-old Hale Irwin, a three-time winner of the event, bettered his
age with a 68.
Defending champion Tom Pernice Jr. had a 69.