Bryant knots Kite at Pebble Beach

July 7, 2012 at 10:58 PM

MONTEREY, Calif., July 7 (UPI) -- Brad Bryant fired a 5-under-par 67 Saturday to join first-round co-leader Tom Kite atop the First Tee Open at Pebble Beach following 36 holes.

Bryant, the 2007 U.S. Senior Open champion, capped his round with a chip-in birdie on the par-5 ninth to grab a share of the lead. Kite missed a par-saving putt on the final hole to drop back into the tie.

Both finished 36 holes at 8-under 136. After Saturday's play at the Del Monte course, Sunday's final round will be played at Pebble Beach.

Sharing third place at 5-under 139 were Bobby Clampett (4-under 68), Mark McNulty (71) and Peter Senior (70).

One shot further back were Corey Pavin (71), Kirk Triplett (70), Gary Hallberg (71) and Fred Funk (69).

First-round co-leader John Cook withdrew due to a neck injury.

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