January 22, 2016

KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii (AP) Joe Durant shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the PGA Tour Champions' season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.

The 51-year-old Durant had nine birdies and two bogeys at Hualalai Golf Course. He teamed with Billy Andrade last year to win the Legends of Golf for his first title on the 50-and-over tour.

Defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez, Davis Love III and Tom Pernice Jr. were a stroke back in the event for major champions from the last five years, tournament winners in the last two seasons and sponsor invitees.

Love played in the PGA Tour's Hawaii events the last two weeks.

Duffy Waldorf and 2006 winner Loren Roberts shot 67. Colin Montgomerie and Fred Funk were in the group at 68.

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