Mediate shot an eight-under 63 Friday.
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Friday, August 30, 2013

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Rocco Mediate eagled two of the final four holes to take the first-round lead in the Champions Tour's inaugural Shaw Charity Classic.

The 50-year-old Mediate, the Allianz Championship winner in February in his first Champions Tour start, had an 8-under 63 at tree-lined Canyon Meadows. He played the final five holes in 6 under, making eagles on the par-5 15th and 18th and birdieing the par-3 14th and par-4 17th.

``I didn't realize I shot that low on the back,'' said Mediate, who had a 7-under 29 on the final holes.

He credited caddie Martin Courtois for helping him get the ball rolling.

``I changed something up with putting today, just had Martin line me up because I hadn't made a lot for a while,'' Mediate said. ``Today, he lined me up and I made a lot of putts. We'll stick with that for a while.''

Bart Bryant, Jeff Sluman, Bobby Clampett and Canada's Rod Spittle were a stroke back.

``Obviously, it was a very solid day and again it just started great right from the start,'' Spittle said. ``I drove it in the fairway all day, hit a whole bunch of greens and I hope to be equally as boring the next couple days so we can chat again.''

Bryant birdied three of his final four holes.

``I had a little bonus by making about a 20-footer on the last hole,'' said Bryant, the Dick's Sporting Goods Open winner two weeks ago in Endicott, N.Y., for his first Champions Tour title. ``I didn't play the hole very well, but was able to make a birdie so that was kind of a bonus.''

Michael Allen, Sandy Lyle, Scott Hoch, David Frost and Craig Stadler shot 65.

``The great thing about this tournament and this golf course, I think there will be 15 or 20 guys with a chance to win on Sunday,'' Allen said ``You want to get out and make some birdies and keep going right now.''

Fred Couples opened with a 69.

The tournament is the 50-and-over tour's third event in Calgary. Don January won the 1983 Peter Jackson Champions at Earl Grey, and Brian Barnes won the 1998 AT&T Canada Senior Open at Glencoe.
 

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