RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Scott Dunlap and Fran Quinn shot 5-under 67 on Friday to share the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ playoff-opening Dominion Energy Charity Classic.
Fighting a left wrist injury that will require surgery, Dunlap matched Quinn with a closing birdie on the par-5 18th on The Country Club of Virginia’s James River Course.
“Maybe excruciating pain is the key to playing good golf because I’m not getting nervous on a shot, you’re just trying to get through it,” Dunlap said. “The worst parts are gripping it and getting the club started … that’s when that bone hits that bone.”
The top 72 players qualified for the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs opener. The top 54 on Sunday will get spots next week in the Invesco QQQ Championship in Thousand Oaks, California, and the top 36 after that will advance to the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix.
The 55-year-old Dunlap entered the week 29th in the standings. Playing through the wrist injury, he’s coming off ties for ninth and seventh in his last two starts.
“I think I finally taped it the right way,” Dunlap…