Parnevik, Tom Byrum share Champions Tour lead


PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Jesper Parnevik birdied three of his last four holes Friday at Poppy Hills for a share of the lead with Tom Byrum in the Champions Tour's First Tee Open.

Parnevik closed with a 5-foot birdie putt on the par-4 ninth for a 5-under 66. Byrum finished 6 1/2 hours earlier, holing a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th at Pebble Beach for a 5-under 67.

Using a new putter and new putting style, Parnevik had six birdies and one bogey. The 50-year-old Swede is winless in 12 starts on the 50-and-over tour after winning five times on the PGA Tour.

The 54-year-old Byrum had five birdies in a bogey-free round. He was second last year, a stroke behind John Cook, and is winless in 62 career senior starts. Byrum won the 1989 Kemper Open for his lone PGA Tour title.

Mark McNulty was third at 4 under after a 68 at Pebble Beach, the site of the final round. He bogeyed the final hole.

Colin Montgomerie, Sandy Lyle and Woody Austin shot 68 at Poppy Hills to reach 3 under. Montgomerie is coming off a victory two weeks ago in England in a European Senior Tour event.

Jeff Maggert opened with a 74 at Poppy Hills. He leads the tour with four victories - winning three of his last six starts - and tops the Charles Schwab Cup standings.

Davis Love III had a 75 at Poppy Hills. He won the PGA Tour's Wyndham Championship last month to become the third-oldest champion in tour history at 51 years, 4 months, 10 days.

Cook had a 72 at Poppy Hills.