"We've been close a couple times, but it would be cool for us to be fighting it out coming down the stretch. He's had an amazing last four or five years and he's certainly overdue for a win, and I would love to take it away from him.''
Tom Watson and Kenny Perry carried the torch for the 50-and-over crowd.
The 63-year-old Watson, the pro emeritus at The Greenbrier, and the 52-year-old Perry, who won last weekend's Senior Players Championship, a major on the Champions Tour, carded 2-under 68s and six just six strokes off the lead. Watson collected three birdies, one bogey and 14 pars while Perry, who is from Kentucky, had five birdies but gave back three bogeys against 10 pars.
"My game today was good,'' said Watson, who is also the 2014 Ryder Cup captain. "I drove the ball well, kept the ball in play off the tee and hit some quality iron shots.
"I had a lot of opportunities with the putter that I didn't convert. I left some strokes out there. It could have been a better round. The course was there for the taking. We hadn't seen the greens this soft since they've been changed. The course held up well.''
Ryan Palmer, along with caddie Sean Payton, the New Orleans Saints coach, was also part of Watson's grouping.
"It was cool playing with Tom Watson,'' said Palmer, who also shot a 2 under. "He's a legend. I had lunch with him Monday and picked his brain for half an hour, kind of what he did through his career, so it was pretty special to get to play with him."
Watson was asked what it would mean to make the cut at the Classic, and it was evident his competitive juices are still flowing.
"How about winning the tournament?,'' he smiled.
The Classic dodged most of the raindrops Thursday and play was never halted.
The forecast for today in the Greenbrier Valley calls for a 62-percent chance of thunderstorms with a high of 81 degrees.
On Saturday, there's a 60-percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms with a high of 81 and Sunday only a 40-percent chance of a thundershower in the afternoon with a high of 78.
Off-target drives started the trouble - Gore went out of bounds and Daly found the creek, both on the right side. Gore finished with a 73, Daly a 75.
Doug Smock contributed to this story.