Blaine McCallister hits a tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the Encompass Championship golf tournament in Glenview, Ill., Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Nam Y. Huh
September 26, 2014
Blaine McCallister hits a tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the Encompass Championship golf tournament in Glenview, Ill., Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Nam Y. Huh

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) Blaine McCallister birdied his last two holes Friday at Poppy Hills for a 5-under 66 and the first-round lead in the Champions Tour's First Tee Open.

McCallister, seeking his first Champions Tour victory after winning five times on the PGA Tour career, closed with birdies on the par-4 eighth and par-5 ninth holes.

John Cook, Skip Kendall, John Inman, Lee Janzen and Tom Byrum were 4 under. Cook and Kendall shot 67 at Poppy Hills, and Inman, Janzen and Byrum had 68s at Pebble Beach, the site of the final round.

Kendall made the field Tuesday in an open qualifier.

Davis Love III, making his second Champions Tour start, had a 71 at Poppy Hills. The 20-time PGA Tour winner tied for 64th last week in Hawaii. He won the PGA Tour's Pebble Beach event in 2001 and 2003.

Two-time defending champion Kirk Triplett had 69 at Poppy Hills.

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