SAVANNAH, Ga., April 22 (UPI) -- The teams of Tom Kite-Gil Morgan and Ted Schulz-Gary Hallberg shared the lead Friday after one round of the Legends of Golf.
Morgan and Kite teamed to birdie eight of the first 10 holes and wound up tied for the top spot at 10-under 62 in an event being played at The Club at Savannah Harbor.
There are 35 two-man teams competing in a best ball format. The tournament was first played in Texas during the 1970s and is credited with having created the Champions Tour.
Tied for third at 63 were the teams of Kenny Perry-Scott Hoch, Larry Mize-Hal Sutton, Michael Allen-David Frost and Peter Senior-Sandy Lyle.
Most of the competitors are playing in the Legends Division, but there are 16 teams playing in the Raphael Division. It is named for Fred Raphael, the late founder of the tournament, and includes players who are not eligible for the Legends Division or who play a limited schedule on the Champions Tour.
Ben Crenshaw and Curtis Strange led the Raphael Division with a 9-under 63.
Former U.S. Open champion Steve Jones made his Champions Tour debut Friday at age 52, having been beset by injuries at the end of his career on the regular circuit. Jones teamed with Doug Tewell to shoot a 68 in the Raphael Division.
Also reappearing in competition was Jim Thorpe, a 13-time Champions Tour winner who recently finished serving a prison term for tax evasion. He and Dana Quigley teamed to fire a 66.