Five-Way Tie For Senior Players Lead

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The old saying goes, There are horses for courses. That adage holds true for Raymond Floyd and the TPC of Michigan. And at 58-years-old, Floyd is far from an old nag.
 
Floyd fired a 5-under-par 67 to grab a share of the lead after the first round of the Senior PGA Tours final major of the season, the Ford Senior Players Championship.
 
Floyd, the 1996 and 2000 champion of this event, is tied at the top with Larry Nelson, Tom Watson, Allen Doyle and Ed Dougherty. Dougherty was in solo first place at 6-under, but bogeyed his final hole of the day.
 
'I think thats about as well as I can play, said Floyd. Its very rewarding to play well and put up a good number starting.
 
Floyd became the oldest player to win a Senior major when he captured last years Players Championship at the age of 57. The victory was his first since he won this very event in 1996.
 
Nelson is currently the hottest player on tour, having won two of his last three starts. However, Nelsons 2001 resume has one glaring omission ' a major championship.
 
Doug Tewell won The Countrywide Tradition. Watson took home the Senior PGA Championship. And Bruce Fleisher earned his first major at the U.S. Senior Open.
 
Fleisher is two off the pace this week following a first-round 3-under-par 69. Tewell shot a 2-over-par 74.
 
Nelson said he was surprised by his play Thursday. He stated that he was mentally and physically tired after playing the last three weeks.
 
Watson was equally pleased with his first-round effort. Watson said he hasnt practiced since May 1 because of a torn muscle in his right elbow.
 
'It feels a heck of a lot better,' said Watson. 'I putted like Dave Stockton. I made just about every putt out there. That's the best I've done in a long, long time. It was good to have it back...I turned a 71 into a 67 with great putting.'
 
Jack Nicklaus struggled to a 5-over-par 77. The tournament course designer pulled a hamstring on Wednesday and said that he would undergo tests to see if he could continue through to the weekend.
 
There is no cut this week.
 
It never really affected a shot, Nicklaus said of the injury. My short game was terrible. I probably got what I deserved.
 
Full-field scores from the Ford Senior Players Championship