Powered by hole-out eagle, Loren Personett takes early clubhouse lead at PPC

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Loren Personett fired a 5-under 66 to take the early clubhouse lead at the PGA Professional Championship on Sunday, his lowest score in eight starts.
By T.J. Auclair
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Published: Sunday, June 18, 2017 | 5:45 p.m.

SUNRIVER, Oregon -- In seven previous PGA Professional Championship starts, Loren Personett made the cut just once. That was a T45 at Reynolds Plantation in 2008.

Early on here at the 2017 PPC in Sunriver, the 52-year-old head professional from McCabe Golf Course in Nashville, Tenn., looked like a man determined to be a factor this week.

Personett took command of the early clubhouse lead, firing a 5-under 66 at the Meadows course. His 66 was three shots better than his only other sub-70 score in 17 PPC rounds played.

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"It feels good to get off to a nice start, but there's a long ways to go," said the nine-time Tennessee PGA Player of the Year. "A long ways."

Personett collected three birdies on his front nine with no bogeys. He birdied the 10th and then the highlight of the round came at the par-4 12th.

After a solid drive, Personett was 161 yards out with a blind shot to the green.

Personett pulled an 8-iron and jarred it for an eagle that he never saw land.

"The pin was over a ridge. I hit an 8-iron," he said. "We didn't see it go in. We couldn't see it go over the ridge, but it was in the hole."

Personett immediately gave those two shots back with his only bogeys of the day at Nos. 13 and 14.

At the par-5 17th, Personett was on in two shots and two-putted for birdie to get to 5 under and then closed with a par for his best round at the PPC. 

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.