They all fired a 7-under 65 in the opening round over the Quail West course.
Kite -- the 1992 U.S. Open champion and the first player on the regular PGA Tour to reach $10 million in career earnings -- closed his round with four straight birdies.
Fred Funk, the leading money winner early in the Champions Tour season, skipped this event to play on the regular tour. He made the cut at the Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club in suburban Los Angeles.
Jerry Pate, who is second on the Champions money list, shot a 73.