Loren Roberts leads Champions event

EAST MEADOW, N.Y., June 27 (UPI) -- Loren Roberts shot 6-under-par 65 Friday and has a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Champions Tour's Commerce Bank Championship at East Meadow, N.Y.

Roberts initially broke into red figures at with a birdie at the par-five third hole and closed by draining a 43-foot putt at the 18th to finish ahead of Gene Jones and Greg Hickman -- whos is Jones's former caddie.


"Obviously, it was the finish that turned a so-so round into a really good round," Roberts said after his lowest round this season. "When I hit it close, I had good patience today (and) was able to capitalize."

Roberts is trying to bounce back after Jeff Sluman overtook him with a 64 in the final round Sunday to win the Bank of America Championship.

Defending champion Lonnie Nielsen, Eduardo Romero, Mark McNulty, Keith Fergus and Brad Bryant all shot 4-under 67 and are tied for fourth place.

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