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Huston leads Senior Players Championship

June 27, 2013 at 10:53 PM

PITTSBURGH, June 27 (UPI) -- John Huston, a winner just once in his two years on the Champions Tour, seized the lead Thursday after one round of the Senior Players Championship.

Huston shot a 5-under-par 65 at the Fox Chapel Golf Club in a round highlighted by an eagle at the par-4 seventh.

The 81-man field was able to complete play despite a 5-hour rain delay.

Duffy Waldorf, Fred Funk, Russ Cochran and Fred Couples shared second place at 66 in the third major event on the Champions circuit this year.

This is the first of three consecutive majors to be played by the over-50 competitors. The U.S. Senior Open will be played in two weeks and the British Senior Open will take place two weeks after that.

Joel Edwards, Jim Gallagher, Tom Pernice, Mike Goodes and Michael Allen all had a 67 to finish the first round in a tie for sixth while the large group at 68 included Tom Lehman, Mark O'Meara, David Frost, Larry Mize and Mark Calcavecchia.

Colin Montgomerie, seven-time leading money winner on the European Tour and making his Champions Tour debut, shot a 71. Montgomerie celebrated his 50th birthday Sunday.

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