RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Scott Parel shot his second straight 6-under 66 on Saturday for a share of the lead with Tommy Tolles in the Dominion Energy Charity Classic, the first of three tournaments in the PGA Tour Champions’ Charles Schwab Cup playoffs.
Parel rebounded from a bogey on the par-4 15th with birdies on the par-5 16th and 18th at The Country Club of Virginia’s James River Course. He won twice last season on the 50-and-over tour.
“This week, I decided I wasn’t thinking about results at all and I’m just trying to shoot — actually what I’m trying to do is shoot in the 60s every day,” Parel said. “Then if I play better than that and it’s good enough to win, great, and if not, great. I don’t want to put so much pressure on myself to try to win. I’m just going to play the best I can.”
Tolles, the first-round leader, shot a 67. He also birdied 16 and 18 after dropping a stroke on 15.
“I really kept the momentum going for the front nine and then the back nine, I showed up,” Tolles said. “I really lost the speed of the greens. I had a very, very simple birdie putt on 10 and I left it 2 feet short. Then on almost every putt from then on out or whatever, I couldn’t get the speed right. I was missing a lot of them. I was either leaving them short or I was powering through the break. But as far as the way I struck the ball, I’m very pleased.”