Larry Mize played a stunning first round on what he called a perfect day for golf, shooting a 10-under 62 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's ACE Group Classic.
Mize holed a 35-foot eagle putt on the par-5 17th and birdied No. 18. He hit 12 of 14 fairways, all 18 greens in regulation and had just 27 putts.
''It was an ideal day to play golf,'' said the 53-year-old Mize, the 2010 Montreal Championship winner for his lone title on the 50-and-over tour.
Tom Lehman, the player of the year last season, was second along with Kenny Perry and 2011 Senior British Open champion Russ Cochran. Mike Goodes, who won the qualifier Tuesday, was another stroke back at 65.
''It's amazing,'' Perry said. ''You can shoot 64 and be two behind. Typical day on the Champions Tour.''
Only three of Mize's eight birdies came on putts inside 10 feet. He holed a 25-footer on No. 7 and a 45-footer on No. 11.
''It doesn't surprise me when Larry Mize makes a putt,'' said Goodes, who pl...