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Fred Funk out front at Senior Open

July 31, 2008 at 10:27 PM

COLORADO SPRINGS, July 31 (UPI) -- Fred Funk birdied three of the first four holes Thursday en route to a 5-under 65 that gave him the lead after the opening round of the U.S. Senior Open.

Funk rolled in birdie putts at the second, third and fourth holes on the Broadmoor Golf Club's East Course -- site of Jack Nicklaus' first U.S. Amateur title 49 years ago.

Despite a bogey at the final hole, Funk had a one-shot lead over British Senior Open runner-up John Cook.

Tied for third at 67 were Morris Hatalsky, Eduardo Romero, Juan Quiros and Tom Kite, who is trying to become the eighth player to add a U.S. Senior Open crown to a U.S. Open triumph. That list includes Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Gary Player, Orville Moody, Lee Trevino, Nicklaus and Hale Irwin.

Tom Watson, a challenger last week at the British Senior Open, was among those at 69. Greg Norman, who at age 53 almost became the oldest major champion in history two weeks ago at the British Open, shot a 70.

Bernhard Langer, the leading money winner on the Champions Tour this year, settled for a 72.

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