RICHMOND, Va. — A left-handed, 50-year-old former Masters champion was on prime on the Dominion Power Charity Traditional after an extended Saturday at The Nation Membership of Virginia.
However it wasn’t Phil Mickelson.
Whereas Mickelson obtained many of the consideration as he tries to open his PGA Tour Champions profession with consecutive victories, Mike Weir was a bit of higher on a 36-hole day after rain washed out play Friday.
Weir shot 68-63 to achieve 13 underneath and take a 3-stroke lead over Mickelson, who shot 68-66.
“I am tremendous proud of the best way I performed at the moment,” Weir mentioned. “My mindset going into at the moment, realizing we had 36, I needed to get in a pleasant rhythm for the day as a result of there’s so many holes. When you get in a pleasant rhythm, you’ll be able to type of trip it and I did that.”
Mickelson gained his PGA Tour Champions debut at Ozarks Nationwide in August.
“Having carts makes taking part in 36 rather a lot simpler,” Mickelson mentioned. “I definitely loved the day and do not feel all beat up like we usually would. I assumed it went OK. I let lots of pictures go and I will go work on it now, however I am in a superb place heading into tomorrow.”
He tried to be aggressive.
“I am attempting, man. I am attempting to assault,” Mickelson mentioned. “I am attempting to hit drivers and get after this course, but it surely’s arduous to do from the tough.”
Weir, who gained the 2003 Masters for the largest of his eight PGA Tour titles, was requested if he may bear in mind the final time he slept on a lead.
“It has been a very long time.” Weir mentioned. “It might take me some time to provide you with when the final time that was. It has been a very long time, so it feels good.”
Bernhard Langer, the first-round chief after a 67, was 7 underneath with Wes Brief Jr. (69-68) after a second-round 70.
Ernie Els, the 50-year-old former main champion coming off his second victory of the season final week in North Carolina, shot 72-66 to get to six underneath.
Jim Furyk, one other 50-year-old former main champion who gained in his first two senior begins, was 5 underneath after rounds of 71 and 68 alongside Mickelson and defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Jimenez was 1 underneath, taking pictures 74-69.