Stephen Ames leads Mitsubishi Electric Classic on PGA Tour Champions

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The next PGA Tour Champions major is in two weeks at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

But first things first.

Stephen Ames shot a 6-under 66 on Friday at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Georgia, to lead the Mitsubishi Electric Classic. He opened with a bogey but was bogey-free from there. He hit just 11 greens but led the field with 23 putts.

Paul Goydos is one back, while Gene Sauers is two back. John Houston and Billy Andrade are tied for fourth at 3 under. In a group of nine golfers at 2 under, four off the lead, is Scott McCarron, who won the Mitsubishi in 2019 and is the defending champion as the tournament was canceled last year.

Also at 2 under is Jim Furyk and Miguel Angel Jiménez.

Ames is looking for his second win at the event and second win on the senior circuit. He also claims the 2017 title. Monday qualifier Dicky Pride and last week’s winner Alex Cejka are among four golfers at T-15 at 1 under.

Major League Baseball Hall of Famer John Smoltz shot a 12-over 84 and is one shot ahead of last place.

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