KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) – Tom Pernice Jr. birdied his final four holes for a 12-under 60 and a four-stroke lead Friday in the Champions Tour's Hawaii Championship.
Pernice finished a stroke off the tour record of 59 set by Kevin Sutherland last month in the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, New York.
Pernice played his final nine holes — the front nine at Kapolei Golf Club — in 7-under 29, also birdieing Nos. 1, 2 and 4. He had five birdies on his opening nine.
The 55-year-old Pernice, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour winner, won the Principal Charity Classic in June in Iowa for his third Champions Tour title.
Michael Allen was second after a 64.
Davis Love III opened with a 69 in his Champions Tour debut. The 20-time PGA Tour winner turned 50 in April.
Here's Pernice's scorecard from Round 1: