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David Duval and stepson Nick Karavites (pictured above) shot an 11-under 61 on Saturday to take the first-round lead in the PNC Father/Son Challenge.
The duo birdied holes 1, 3-7, 13-16 and 18 to open a one-stroke lead over Fred and Taylor Funk (pictured below) in the two-day, 20-team scramble event at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club’s Grande Lakes.
“To go out and have fun and hit good golf shots, make a couple putts, that’s always enjoyable, but it’s secondary to walking around the golf course with the entire crew,” said Duval, who made only one competitive start in 2016 when he missed the cut in the Sanderson Farms Championship.
The Funks got off to a fast start with birdies at holes 1 and 2 and an eagle at 3, where Taylor, a member of the University of Texas golf team, hit a 3-wood from 265 yards to 30 feet and made the putt. They added birdies at hole 5, 7, 10, 11, 15 and 18 for a 62.
“Birdie, birdie, eagle start,” the elder Funk said. “That’s a dream start. We played really good. I counted three really good opportunities that we missed and probably another two that we could have made.”
The Funks tied for second last year after a one-hole, four-team playoff won by Lanny and Tucker Wadkins (pictured above.)
Retief and Leo Goosen, Raymond and Robert Floyd, Stewart and Connor Cink, Bernhard and Christina Langer, and Mark and Shaun O’Meara lie tied for third at 63.
Tee Times for Sunday:
9.00am Larry & Josh Nelson with Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II
9.12am Nick & Greg Price with Curtis & David Strange
9.24am Hale & Steve Irwin with Lee & Daniel Trevino
9.36am Vijay & Qass Singh with Lanny & Tucker Wadkins
9.48am Lee & Connor Janzen with Nick & Matthew Faldo
10.00am Sandy & Stuart Lyle with John Daly & Little John Daly
10.12am Bernhard & Christina Langer with Steve & Sam Elkington
10.24am Mark & Shaun O’Meara with Stewart & Connor Cink
10.36am Retief & Leo Goosen with Raymond & Robert Floyd
10.48am David Duval & Nick Karavites with Fred & Taylor Funk
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