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Pernice, Bryant share Champions Tour lead

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 29, 2014 at 8:20 pm •  Published: August 29, 2014
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CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Tom Pernice Jr. and Bart Bryant matched the Canyon Meadows course record at 8-under 62 to share the first-round lead Friday in the Champions Tour's Shaw Charity Classic.

The 54-year-old Pernice birdied his first five holes — Nos. 10-14 — and had 10 birdies and two bogeys on the rain-softened course. The two-time PGA Tour winner won the Principal Charity Classic in June in Iowa for his third Champions Tour title.

"The greens are pretty receptive," Pernice said. "I think they were hoping to get the greens a little firmer."

The 52-year-old Bryant, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, birdied five of his last eight holes. He won his lone Champions Tour title last year.

"I did everything pretty well today," Bryant said. "Drove the ball in the fairway for the most part, which is important here. Obviously, putted well. Anytime you shoot 7 or 8 under you've had a good day with the putter and hit some close iron shots. I just did everything solid. I had a couple of nice bounces out there as well."

Pernice and Bryant tied the course record set last year by Bill Glasson.

Pernice hit a pitching wedge to 6 feet on the par-4 10th, two-putted from 12 feet on the par-5 11th, made an 18-footer on the par-3 12th, added a 17-foot putt on the par-4 13, and closed the birdie run with a 6-footer on the par-3 14th.

"Obviously, the swing's feeling pretty good and the ball's kind of going where you want it to and the key is you're able to capitalize and make some putts," Pernice said "I just tried to stay calm and relaxed and just keep going, put the pedal down and just keep going.

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