CALGARY, Alberta — Defending champion Jeff Maggert shot his second straight 7-under 63 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Shaw Charity Classic.
The 52-year-old Maggert parred the final three holes after making eight birdies and a bogey on the first 15 at Canyon Meadows. The three-time PGA Tour winner has five victories on the 50-and-over tour. He won four times last year, the first two majors in the Regions Tradition and U.S. Senior Open.
“I came in here a little bit kind of angry and a little bit more hungry because of the way I played this year,” Maggert said. “I really felt like I hadn’t lived up to the way I should have been playing.”
He broke the tournament 36-hole record of 15 under set by Rocco Mediate in his 2013 victory.
Paraguay’s Carlos Franco was second, also shooting 63.
“Jeff Maggert is a good friend of mine, too, and he played well,” Franco said. “I know he’s a fantastic player, but I’m prepared to come strong tomorrow.”
Bernhard Langer was third at 10 under after his second 65. The 59-year-old German star won the Boeing Classic last week in Washington for his fourth victory of the year and 29th overall on tour. He has played 49 holes without a bogey dating to the final round in Washington.
“There’s this guy from Germany that’s lurking around the lead again, too,” Maggert said. “I have to play well tomorrow.”
Michael Allen (64) and Fred Funk (66) were 9 under.
“Maggert’s a tough competitor. When he plays well, he doesn’t make a whole lot of mistakes,” Allen said. “It’s going to be hard to catch him, that’s for sure.”
Tom Watson followed his opening 65 with a 72 to drop into a tie for 38th at 3 under. On Friday, Watson broke his age for the fourth time on the tour. He will be 67 on Sunday.
“Golf swing wasn’t really very good today,” Watson said. “I hit a lot of bad shots today. I got what I deserved. I tried as hard as I could, but the swing just didn’t work very well.”
John Daly was tied for 24th at 5 under after a 68. He has three top-20 finishes in 11 PGA Tour Champions starts since turning 50, with the best a tie for 11th in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.
Mark O’Meara withdrew after nine holes because of back problems.