RIDGEDALE, Mo. — Tom Lehman had four birdies at a late five-hole stretch to get a 7-under 64 plus a share of this first-round lead with Shane Bertsch on Wednesday from the Charles Schwab Series in Bass Pro Shops Big Cedar Lodge.
Coming off a 43rd-place tie at 13 over last week in challenging Firestone from the Senior Players Championship, the 61-year old Lehman birdied Nos. 5, 5, 8 and 6 and shut with a diploma at Buffalo Ridge at the first of 2 54-hole events in Big Cedar Lodge.
“I did not always hit the ball to begin, but I didn’t roll the ball exceptionally well,” Lehman said. “it is a three-round championship and it is a fantastic beginning, so that I believe after last week and that type of debacle in Firestone for a whole lot people, that has been such a challenging golf course, that was a much better ”
Lehman won the Mitsubishi Electric Championship annually in Hawaii because of his 12th elderly name. The 61-year old Minnesotan won five times on the PGA Tour, such as the 1995 Open Championship. He needed a bogey-free around Wednesday.
“I believe as a golfer, you understand that the fantastic rounds come if you make few without any errors,” Lehman said. “Thus bogey-free or a single bogey, these are the rounds you’re searching for. You do not do it often.”
The 50-year old Bertsch is creating his next senior start. He was bogey-free.
“Just happy to be enjoying,” Bertsch said”I played really great, I truly played strong, found a couple of things yesterday. I was working with my mentor a week and fighting just a bit to get comfortable over the ball, but I discovered several things late yesterday afternoon that transported over and I hit lots of good shots and made a few putts.”
Darren Clarke, Tim Petrovic and Wes Short Jr. shot 66.
Steve Stricker closed with a birdie on the par-5 18th to get a 67.
“I played solid, no bogeys now, so anytime you can go about and do this at any training course is a fantastic afternoon,” Stricker said. “Let a few chances slide by, but for the large part played well, played and decent beginning”
Vijay Singh and Brett Quigley also taken 67.
“Overall, I am quite happy,” Singh explained. “I have not had a fantastic first around for a little while, so this really is a fantastic first round and then develop from there.”
Bernhard Langer, Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie and K.J. Choi also taken 68. Fred Couples was another stroke back with Charles Schwab Cup leader Scott Parel. Jerry Kelly, the winner in Firestone for his first significant title, opened using a 70.