Cameron Beckman Eagles No. 18, leads Hoag Classic in Newport Beach
Beckman also had six birdies and a bogey in cool, windy conditions at Newport Beach Country Club.
“It was good,” Beckman said. “I got off to such a good start, I birdied the top three. This golf course, you have to be so patient on it, so I was able to kind of be super patient and made some nice long putts, and the eagle on the last hole was great.
Beckman, 52, won the 2021 Dick’s Sporting Goods Open for his only senior title after winning the PGA Tour three times.
Bernhard Langer missed his age by a stroke, tying Stephen Dodd with a 65.
“At the start, the forecast was pretty bad with rain and wind, and we had sun and wind for the most part, so we’ll enjoy it any day,” Langer said. “But it was still a bit cold and the wind picked up more on the back nine.”
Langer, the 2008 winner, won the Chubb Classic this year for his 43rd senior title, two behind Hale Irwin for the tour record.
Ernie Els, the 2020 champion, was 66 with Jeff Maggert, Darren Clarke, Rocco Mediate, Scott Parel and David Toms.
Viktor Hovland leads by two at Bay Hill
Viktor Hovland had the lowest round of the day with a six under 66 and got off to another strong start at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Florida. This time he has a good idea of what to expect on the weekend in Bay Hill.
Rory McIlroy got a taste.
Hovland played Friday morning and set the target on a warm day with increasing wind, making seven birdies and a few key saves late in the second round. He posted a nine under 135.
McIlroy played in the afternoon and was close to catching him until his putter dropped him on greens that were getting crisp and slippery. Tied for the lead, McIlroy missed a four-foot par putt and eight-foot putts on the next two holes for a birdie and a par, and he finished his 72 by missing a good 15-foot birdie chance.
He was two behind with former Bay Hill winner Tyrrell Hatton (68) and Talor Gooch (68), who won his first PGA Tour title at the last official event last year.
Hovland was two shots ahead at the start of last year’s weekend when they closed with rounds 77-78 and finished 15 shots behind.
“I kind of try to forget the weekend here last year,” he said. “I played very well the first few days, very similar to how I’ve played so far this year. The course is getting harder every day, and it’s started to blow. Some bad swings from too much, and I ended up in bad places and just didn’t really take my meds.
Number 1 Jin Young Ko is tied for the lead at the LPGA Singapore
Ranked at the top Jin Young Ko moved into a tie for the lead at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore in just her second round since returning from a three-month hiatus from the LPGA Tour.
Ko shot a five-under 67, including a birdie on the par-5 16, and was even with Amy Yang (67). They had an eight-under total of 136 on Sentosa Golf Club’s Tanjong course.
Yang’s round included seven birdies.
Brooke Henderson, Meghan Kang and Atthaya Thitikul tied for third, two shots behind, after shooting a 68 each.