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Ted Schulz takes over lead with a 64

Ted Schulz shot an 8-under 64—his best competitive round in nearly 20 years—at Pebble Beach on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead at the Champions Tour First Tee Open.

The 50-year-old Schulz, a two-time PGA Tour winner who has only conditional status on the Champions Tour, had nine birdies—all from 15 feet or closer— and one bogey in the second round to reach 12-under 132 in the dual-course event.

First round-leader Mark Calcavecchia followed his opening 64 at Del Monte with a 71 at Pebble Beach. He was tied for second with Tom Kite, who shot a 68, also at Pebble Beach.

“I’m getting in more tournaments than I thought I would,” Schulz said. “My game is getting better. I really haven’t played much tournament golf and I haven’t putted well in the past few weeks, but I putted well the past couple of days.”

Schulz, the director of golf at the University of Kentucky, his alma mater, hadn’t shot a competitive round as low as 64 since the 1992 Walt Disney World Open. It was also the only other pro tournament in his career he’s lead or shared the lead entering the final round.

“I would be a big deal for me to win out here,” said Schulz, whose last PGA Tour win was the 1991 Nissan Open. “I really need to do that to stay out here.”

Tom Pernice was 8 under after a 70 at Del Monte.

Olin Browne (70), Jay Don Blake (68), Jay Haas (67), Fred Couples (70) and 2006 winner Scott Simpson (70) were 7 under.

Two-time defending champion Jeff Sluman was 5 under after a 71 at Pebble Beach.

The seventh annual event, which pairs 78 Champions Tour players with juniors in a pro-junior division, concludes Sunday at Pebble Beach.



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