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Champions Tour gets under way on Big Island

January 21, 2012
The Associated Press

KAILUA-KONA (AP) - Tom Lehman and Bruce Vaughan shot 7-under-par 65s on Friday to share the first-round lead in the Champions Tour's season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.

Lehman, the player of the year last season on the 50-and-over tour, birdied the final hole at Hualalai Resort to match Vaughan at the top of the leaderboard.

Brad Faxon, Loren Roberts, Corey Pavin, Jay Haas, Dan Forsman and Michael Allen were a stroke back.

Defending champion John Cook opened with a 69, and Fred Couples had a 72.

All but five of the 41 players shot par or better on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course, the easiest layout on the tour eight of the last nine years.

Lehman had five birdies and an eagle, playing the par-5 holes in 5 under.

Dan Forsman and Michael Allen were two strokes back, and Bernhard Langer, Gary Hallberg, Mark McNulty, John Huston, Russ Cochran and Jeff Sluman followed at 68.




Friday's First-Round Leaders

At Kailua-Kona

Bruce Vaughan33-32—65-7
Tom Lehman33-32—65-7
Brad Faxon32-34—66-6
Loren Roberts31-35—66-6
Corey Pavin31-35—66-6
Jay Haas33-33—66-6
Dan Forsman33-34—67-5
Michael Allen33-34—67-5
Gary Hallberg33-35—68-4
Mark McNulty32-36—68-4
Bernhard Langer34-34—68-4
John Huston31-37—68-4
Russ Cochran32-36—68-4
Jeff Sluman32-36—68-4



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