CHIBA, Japan (AP) Kevin Sutherland and Glen Day shot 7-under 65 on Friday to share the first-round lead in the Japan Airlines Championship, the first PGA Tour Champions event in Japan.
Winless on the 50-and-over tour, Sutherland has had at least a share of the first-round lead in three of his last four events. He ended up losing to childhood rival Scott McCarron - a stroke back Friday - the previous two times, finishing second three weeks ago in in the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in upstate New York and tying for third last week in the Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary, Alberta.
Sutherland and Day each closed with a bogey. Sutherland three-putted the par-4 ninth at Narita Golf Club, and Day, also winless on the senior tour, dropped a stroke on the par-4 18th.
McCarron has won three of the last six events to tie Bernhard Langer for the tour victory lead with four.