THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — It didn’t take Tom Lehman long to find his groove at The Woodlands.
Lehman birdied six of his first nine holes, including four straight before the turn, en route to an 8-under 64 on Friday and the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Insperity Invitational.
That matched the 58-year-old Lehman’s lowest opening-round score on the senior circuit.
“Well, I got off to a slow start in terms of the way I was swinging, but a fast start in terms of scoring,” said Lehman, who won the Tucson Conquistadores Classic in March for his 10th victory on the 50-and-over tour. “All I know is I made three putts over 40 feet in the first nine holes and I haven’t made three putts like that in three years.”
Kirk Triplett and 63-year-old Jay Haas were tied for second at 67. John Daly, Mark Brooks, Russ Cochran and Paul Goydos were another shot back, and Schwab Cup leader Bernhard Langer was among a group of five players at 69.
Defending champion Jesper Parnevik had a 71.
Coming off arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, Lehman posted his lowest round of the season on a sunny day with a…