MADISON, Wis. — Steve Flesch shot a 7-under 65 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ American Family Insurance Championship.
Flesch chipped in for eagle on the par-5 11th and had six birdies and a bogey at University Ridge.
“Hit a lot of good shots, got away with a few scratchy ones,” Flesch said. “Putted great and got the ball up-and-down all but one time, so I had a great day. But the putting was better than normal and I was rewarded with a lot of good looks for birdie and capitalized on them.”
The 55-year-old left-hander won the Mitsubishi Electric Classic a month ago in Georgia for his second victory on the 50-and-over tour after winning four times on the PGA Tour. He also won the Georgia event in 2018.
“A lot of good wedges,” Flesch said. “Converted a lot of the birdie opportunities and that’s kind of what I did in Atlanta as well.”
“The golf course is very good, perfect condition,” Jimenez said. “With the rain, it’s a little bit softer, you can attack more of the flags and the course is not playing as fast as last year. … A good golf course where you come and if you play well, you’re going to be rewarded. And if you don’t play well, you are going to suffer.”
Kelly, coming off a playoff victory Sunday in Iowa in the Principal Charity Classic, opened with a 68 in his bid for his third straight victory in the event hosted by Madison friend Steve Stricker. Kelly won in 2019 and the 2020 event was canceled because of the pandemic.