Aussie leads at Kapolei; Hilo’s Hayashi 7 back
KAPOLEI, Oahu — Australia’s Peter Senior shot a 7-under 65 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Champions Tour’s inaugural Hawaii Championship.
Winless in 65 starts in three seasons on the 50-and-over tour, the 53-year-old Senior birdied seven of the first 13 holes and closed with five pars in breezy afternoon conditions.
“It’d be nice to have a win,” Senior said. “I’ve come close.”
Senior has five runner-up finishes on the tour, losing three playoffs. He won the 2010 Australian PGA for the last of his 27 regular international victories, and also won the 2010 Australian Senior Open.
“It was a good hitting round and I putted extremely well for the first 15 holes,” Senior said. “I wish it was that easy every day. … I drove it well, which sets up this course. You’ve got to be coming from the fairway on a lot of your iron shots to get a little bit of spin. … These are exactly the same conditions I play in every day at home. The wind comes up in the afternoon.”
Jay Don Blake and Bill Glasson were tied for second. Blake, coming off a victory three weeks ago in the Boeing Classic, finished with eight straight pars after making six birdies in an eight-hole stretch.
Hilo’s Kevin Hayashi shot a 72.
Mark McNulty and Eduardo Romero shot 67, and Charles Schwab Cup leader Tom Lehman was another stroke back along with Duffy Waldorf and Willie Wood.
Waldorf is making his second senior start. The four-time PGA Tour winner tied for eighth in the Boeing Classic.
“I felt good out there today and hit a lot of good shots,” Waldorf said. “I ran into a little trouble there at the end, but all in all, it was a real nice round.”
WOMEN’S BRITISH OPEN: Play was called off for the day in Hoylake, England, because of strong wind that disrupted the second round so badly that organizers declared early scores “null and void.”
With wind gusting to 60 mph at Royal Liverpool, players struggled to keep the ball on the tees and greens. Play was suspended at 8:25 a.m. with 36 players on the course and the round was called off at 2 p.m.
The second round is scheduled to restart early today, with conditions forecast to be more playable. Organizers said the cut will be reduced from 65 and ties to 50 and ties.
England’s Felicity Johnson started with a quintuple-bogey 9. American Cristie Kerr’s ball blew off the 12th tee three times. Co-leader So Yeon Ryu bogeyed her only hole, the 10th, before play was stopped.
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