Gene Sauers, Kirk Triplett share Boeing Classic lead

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) U.S. Senior Open champion Gene Sauers eagled the par-5 18th hole Friday for a 7-under 65 and a share of the Boeing Classic lead with Kirk Triplett.

Coming off his breakthrough victory two weeks ago in Ohio, the 54-year-old Sauers played the four par-5 holes in 5 under with the eagle and three birdies. He won three times on the PGA Tour.

Kirk Triplett had five- and four-hole birdie streaks at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Also 54, he followed a bogey on the 11th - his second hole of the day - with five straight birdies and added a birdie on 18. On his second nine, he bogeyed the third, then ran off four in a row.

Triplett won the American Family Insurance Championship in June in Wisconsin for his fifth victory on the 50-and-over tour.

Duffy Waldorf and Stephen Ames were a stroke back.

Waldorf also had five straight birdies, from the 15th to the first. He won the season-opening event in Hawaii for his second senior title after winning four times in the PGA Tour. Ames played the final six holes in 6 under.

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