PITTSBURGH (AP) – John Huston shot a 5-under 65 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Senior Players Championship.
Huston started on No. 10 and was even par halfway through his round before making a big move on the front nine at soggy Fox Chapel. Huston shot 5-under 30 coming in, including four birdies and an eagle on the short par-4 seventh. The 52-year-old Huston missed three months this season because of lower back problems.
Fred Couples, Duffy Waldorf, Fred Funk and Russ Cochran were a stroke back in the third major on the Champions Tour schedule. Tom Pernice Jr. had three straight birdies to start his round and led a group of players at 67.
Augusta's Larry Mize is just 3 back after an opening round 68. His only major victory on either the PGA Tour or the Champions Tour remains the 1987 Masters.
The start of play was delayed nearly five hours because of heavy rain.
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