SAUCIER, Miss. – Bob Tway and Leonard Thompson shot 5-under 67s on Friday to share the first-round lead in the Champions Tour’s inaugural Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.
Tom Purtzer, David Peoples, Brad Bryant and David Eger opened with 68s at Fallen Oak. Mark O’Meara, coming off his first Champions Tour victory last week with Nick Price in the Legends of Golf team event, was two strokes back at 69 along with Eduardo Romero and Ted Schultz. Price had a 70.
Tway birdied Nos. 12, 14 and 16 to match Thompson at 5 under.
Thompson bogeyed the second hole, then ran off four straight birdies. He also bogeyed No. 11, then birdied Nos. 13-15 and closed with three pars.
Bernhard Langer, a two-time winner this year, opened with a 72.
Jodie Mudd and Bobby Clampett made their Champions Tour debut. Clampett had a 72, and Mudd shot a 74.