England’s Roger Chapman has went route 66 and right into contention after round one of the Encompass Championship on the US Champions Seniors Golf Tour in the USA.
The English senior golfer went out in 32 strokes thanks to four consecutive birdies at holes 3 – 6 and posted further sub-par figures at holes 11 and 14 within an inward half of two under par, 34.
Chapman, switched caddies this week, using veteran Angel Monguzzi.
Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie & Sandy Lyle are also right in the mix. Former British Open and US Masters Champion, Sandy Lyle, opened up with a round of -5, 67. Montgomerie, the Senior PGA Championship winner in his last tour start, fired a round of three under par, 69.
Former Open Champion and Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman birdied four consecutive holes and finished with a bogey-free 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead Friday.
Finishing on the front nine, Lehman birdied Nos. 4-7 and closed with two pars at North Shore Country Club. The 55-year-old Minnesotan nearly holed out for an eagle on the par-5 sixth, leaving a 6-inch putt, and ran in a 15-footer on the par-3 seventh.
He has struggled with his putting since winning the last of his seven Champions Tour titles in 2012.
Of his seven birdie putts, the longest were three from about 15 feet.
Doug Garwood and Chapman were a stroke back at 66, and Mark O’Meara, Lyle, Jeff Sluman, Michael Allen, Bart Bryant, Kirk Triplett and John Inman shot 67.
Garwood, a playoff loser this month in the Principal Charity Classic in Iowa, chipped in from the rough on the 13th for one of his eight birdies.
Charles Schwab Cup points leader Bernhard Langer from Germany shot 71. The major golf champion carded a double-bogey 7 on No. 6.
Defending champion Craig Stadler started his title defence with a round of 73.
Golf Leaderboard (par-72):-
1 — USA Tom Lehman -7 F * -7 65
T2 — ENG Roger Chapman -6 F -6 66
T2 — USA Doug Garwood -6 F -6 66
T4 — USA Michael Allen -5 F * -5 67
T4 — USA Bart Bryant -5 F * -5 67
T4 — USA Jeff Sluman -5 F -5 67
T4 — USA Mark O’Meara -5 F -5 67
T4 — USA Kirk Triplett -5 F -5 67
T4 — SCO Sandy Lyle -5 F -5 67
T4 — USA John Inman -5 F -5 67
Source: PGA Tour