Tom Lehman takes Champions Tour lead
GLENVIEW, Ill. (AP) Tom Lehman birdied four straight holes and finished with a bogey-free 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead Friday in the Champions Tour's Encompass Championship.
Finishing on the front nine, Lehman birdied Nos. 4-7 and closed with two pars at North Shore Country Club. The 55-year-old Minnesotan nearly holed out for an eagle on the par-5 sixth, leaving a 6-inch putt, and ran in a 15-footer on the par-3 seventh. He won the last of his seven Champions Tour titles in 2012.
Doug Garwood and England's Roger Chapman were a stroke back at 66, and Mark O'Meara, Sandy Lyle, Jeff Sluman, Michael Allen, Bart Bryant, Kirk Triplett and John Inman shot 67.
Chapman made four straight birdies early in his round, then birdied the 11th and 14th holes en route to his best round of the season. Garwood, a playoff loser this month in the Principal Charity Classic in Iowa, chipped in from the rough on the 13th for one of his eight birdies.
Colin Montgomerie, the Senior PGA Championship winner in his last tour start, had a 69.
Charles Schwab Cup points leader Bernhard Langer shot 71. He had a double-bogey 7 on No. 6.
Defending champion Craig Stadler opened with a 73.