Price Takes Champions Tour Lead


2006 FedEx KinkoAUSTIN, Texas -- Nick Price shot a season-best 7-under 65 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over fellow major champion Mark OMeara after the first round of the Champions Tours FedEx Kinkos Classic.
Im starting to play a little better. Im starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, said Price, winless on the 50-and-over tour.
Defending champion Scott Hoch was two strokes back at 67 along with D.A. Weibring, Fred Funk, Denis Watson and Tom McKnight.
Price made 15 Champions Tour starts last year after turning 50, with his best result a third-place finish in the Senior PGA Championship. This year, he has five top- 10 finishes in seven events.
Its a strange game, really. Im just glad to be out here and glad to see my game turning around, Price said.
Price made four straight birdies on Nos. 13-16, keyed by a 25-foot putt on No. 13.
That really broke the dam, he said.
OMeara also joined the Champions Tour in 2007, and while he has a couple of second place finishes, hes still looking for his first win.
I was just trying to be patient and it paid off, OMeara said. I know these guys can play out here. You have to bring it every day.
He birdied Nos. 15 and 16 and made a 35-foot eagle putt on 18.
That certainly was a nice way to end the day, he said.
Craig Stadler led much of the first round, tying a tournament record for low nine holes with a 31 on the front nine.
But when he came to the dangerous par-3 16th hole with a two-shot lead, he found the water twice and the bunker once and left with a quintuple-bogey 8. He had a 71.
Hoch, a two-time winner this year, is trying to become the first repeat winner in the six-year history of the tournament.
Im really pleased with how I played today. Even the shots I missed were pretty good shots, Hoch said.
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