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Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie & Sandy Lyle are right in the mix after the opening round of the Encompass Championship on the US Champions Tour.

Former British Open and US Masters Champion, Sandy Lyle, opened up with a round of -5, 67.

Colin 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 in the 2014 Champions Tour’s Encompass Championship.

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 England’s Roger Chapman were a stroke back at 66, and Mark O’Meara, Sandy Lyle, Jeff Sluman, Michael Allen, Bart Bryant, Kirk Triplett and John Inman shot 67.

Seniors Major Golf Champion, Chapman, made four straight birdies early in his round, then birdied the 11th and 14th holes en route to his best score of the season. He switched caddies this week, using veteran Angel Monguzzi.

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

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