SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, Ariz., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Fuzzy Zoeller opened a three-stroke lead Saturday on the first day of the Senior Slam, carding a bogey-free, 3-under-par 67 at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club.
In an unofficial 36-hole Senior PGA Tour event featuring the season's four Grand Slam winners, Zoeller birdied three of the first six holes and added two more birdies on the back nine at the Lost Gold Course.
The PGA Senior champion, Zoeller was three shots ahead of U.S. Senior Open winner Don Pooley and Senior Players' Championship victor Stewart Ginn of Australia. Jim Thorpe, who won The Tradition at Superstition Mountain, opened with a 2-over 72.
A rookie on the Senior Tour after a standout PGA Tour career, Zoeller tied Pooley for the lead at 2-under with a birdie at the fifth hole and added another at the sixth. He also birdied the 10th and 16th.
Of the four players in the event, Zoeller was lowest on the money list, placing 20th with just under $1 million. He won once in 21 starts and had six other top-10 finishes.
Pooley birdied the first two holes for an early lead, but he bogeyed the sixth and double-bogeyed the 11th between birdies at the seventh, 10th and 13th.
A memorable playoff winner over Tom Watson at the U.S. Senior Open, Pooley won once in 29 Senior Tour starts and had seven other top-10 showings. He was 17th on the money list with over $1.15 million.