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2021 Principal Charity Classic: Thongchai Jaidee leads after 18 holes

Dicky Pride and Doug Barron are tied for second after Friday's first round.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Thongchai Jaidee closed with a birdie on the par-3 ninth for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead Friday in the PGA Tour Champions’ Principal Charity Classic. 

Thongchai, the 51-year-old from Thailand making his fifth senior start, eagled the par-5 15th and had seven birdies and two bogeys at Wakonda Club. 

Dicky Pride and Doug Barron were tied for second.

Fred Couples was another stroke back at 67 with Rod Pampling, Jerry Kelly, Shane Bertsch, Tom Gillis and Tim Herron.

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