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Calcavecchia Takes Early Lead at Boca Raton Championship

Mark Calcavecchia shot an opening-round 64 and leads the Boca Raton Championship by one-stroke over Rocco Mediate and Jeff Maggert.

Calcavecchia finished bogey-free with eight birdies, including six on his first-nine at The Old Course at Broken Sound. The 18-hole lead is the first in four years (2014 Principal Charity Classic) for the 57-year old Floridian.

“I knew I was playing pretty good coming in, been feeling pretty good, playing a lot of golf,” said Calcavecchia.

“You know, great start obviously. But lot of good scores today. Even with a good breeze, a lot of good scores. You’ve got to make a lot of birdies out here, so I’ve got to keep it going on the weekend.”

Mediate’s round was highlighted by an eagle on the 275-yard par-4 seventh hole which he called “accidental.”

“Just a 3-wood, rolled it on there and made about a 30-footer,” described Mediate. “One of those ones you’re trying to two-putt and oops. Accidental, totally.”

The 2013 Boca Raton champion also carded six birdies and one bogey en route to a 7-under 65 to sit T2 alongside Maggert.

“The golf course is perfect. Besides the two guys [Maggert and Kirk Triplett] I played with today, it was a great day,” said a smiling Mediate.

“Oh, he’s over there. We had a ball. I screwed up because if I had made the putt at last, none of us would have made any bogeys, but of course I’m the one who screwed up, yeah, of course I did. He had to remind me of that, too. Fun day.”

One further back at 6 under par was the trio of Bernhard Langer, Fred Funk and Jesper Parnevik.

John Daly headlines a logjam of eight players at 5 under.


TOP 10

1 Mark Calcavecchia -8
2 Jeff Maggert -7
2 Rocco Mediate -7
4 Bernhard Langer -6
4 Jesper Parnevik -6
4 Fred Funk -6
7 Duffy Waldorf -5
7 Kent Jones -5
7 Kirk Triplett -5
7 Jerry Smith -5
T7 Paul Goydos -5
T7 John Daly -5
T7 Steve Flesch -5
T7 Michael Allen -5


SHOT OF THE DAY

Jesper Parnevik with a hole-out eagle on the par-4 13th. “He takes a lot of Florida with every swing too,” says Lanny Wadkins.


QUOTABLE

“I started exercising in December, which helps. Started a class called Orange Theory, which Brenda and I are doing that. I don’t look much different but I feel a lot better.”
– Mark Calcavecchia


Credits: PGA Tour Media, Getty Images


Jeff Smith

Jeff is a writer and content producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is working on a book, documenting the 2017 and 2018 seasons on the major golf tours.

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