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Career-best round gives Weir early US PGA lead

AFP , NORTON, MASSACHUSETTS

Mike Weir reacts after missing an eagle putt on the 18th hole during the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Massachusetts, on Friday.

PHOTO: AP

Canada’s Mike Weir fired the lowest round of his career, a 10-under par 61, to seize a three-stroke lead after Friday’s first round of the US PGA Deutsche Bank Championship.

Weir has not won a tournament all season but the 2003 Masters champion began with a bogey-free round to match a course record and take a three-stroke edge on Fiji’s Vijay Singh and Americans John Merrick, Briny Baird and Heath Slocum.

Southpaw Weir opened with four birdies in a row, added birdies at the sixth and seventh to continue his sizzling start, then made birdies to open and close his back nine with two more at 13th and 15th on the TPC of Boston layout.

“There was no indication on the putting green warming up that was going to tell me it was going to be like that,” Weir said.

“It was just one of those days where I made about a 15-footer on the first hole and another on the second hole, and then I had about eight feet on the third hole, and it looked easy after the first two,” he said.

Weir, a 10-year PGA veteran, matched the record on the 7,304-yard (6,679m) course set by Singh. Just weeks after smashing his putter during a round at the PGA Championship, Weir was deadly on the greens.

“I just built on that momentum and just kept doing the same thing, keep the pedal down,” Weir said.

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