Jay Don Blake reacts after putting on the seventh hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Merion Golf Club, Thursday, June 13, 2013, in Ardmore, Pa. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Julio Cortez
June 09, 2016

FLOURTOWN, Pa. (AP) Jay Don Blake birdied three of the last five holes Thursday at windy Philadelphia Cricket Club for a 2-under 70 and the first-round lead in the Constellation Senior Players Championship.

Blake had five birdies and three bogeys in windy conditions on the A.W. Tillinghast-designed Wissahickon Course.

The 57-year-old Blake won the last of his three senior titles in 2012. He won at Torrey Pines in 1991 for his lone PGA Tour victory.

Vijay Singh bogeyed the par-4 18th to fall a stroke back along with Jeff Sluman, Brandt Jobe and Bart Bryant. Colin Montgomerie topped the group at 70 in the third of the PGA Tour Champions' five majors.

Two-time defending champion Bernhard Langer bogeyed three of his last four holes for a 71. The German star won in 2014 at Fox Chapel in Pittsburgh and last year at Belmont in Massachusetts.

Tom Watson, at age 66, also opened with a 71. John Daly had a 76.

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