Stephen Ames carded a 6-under-par 66 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' Mitsubishi Electric Classic in Duluth, Ga.
The 57-year-old Canadian answered a bogey on the opening hole with seven birdies to secure a 1-stroke lead over Paul Goydos at TPC Sugarloaf.
Ames' score on Friday matched his lowest round at the Mitsubishi Electric Classic in 2017. He won that tournament for his lone senior title in 132 career starts.
Friday's performance marked Ames' ninth consecutive round of par or better this season. His best finish this season came as the runner-up at the 2020 Morocco Champions.
Goydos answered an even-par 36 on the front nine with five birdies on the back end. His 67 matches his lowest round at the Mitsubishi Electric Classic, set during the third round of the 2016 tournament.
Goydos, 56, is seeking his first win since the 2017 3M Championship.
Gene Sauers made six birdies and two bogeys to reside one stroke back in third place at 4-under.
Billy Andrade and John Huston sit at 3-under, while Jim Furyk, 2019 champion Scott McCarron, Angel Jimenez and Kenny Perry were a part of a nine-player cluster at 2-under.
Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz had a much tougher time of it on Friday. He limped to the finish line with a quadruple bogey on the par-4 17th hole and a double bogey on the 18th to end up with a 12-over 84.
--Field Level Media