Jeff Maggert watches his tee shot on the ninth hole during the Champions Tour Regions Tradition golf tournament at Shoal Creek Country Club, Thursday, May 14, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Butch Dill
May 14, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Jeff Maggert birdied three of the final four holes Thursday for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke lead over Kevin Sutherland after the first round of the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek.

Maggert held onto the lead at the first of the Champions Tour's five majors despite a bogey on No. 18. Sutherland had six birdies and two bogeys before parring the final five holes.

Maggert is seeking his second win on the 50-and-over tour after a victory in Mississippi last year. Sutherland is chasing his first senior title.

Tom Watson, Colin Montgomerie and Wes Short Jr. were two strokes back at 69.

Maggert had five birdies on the first nine holes before an up-and-down finish. He had three bogeys and three birdies on the back nine.

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