Day 1 of the 2013 U.S. Senior Open ended with a seven-way tie for first place at Omaha Country Club.
Jay Don Blake, Michael Allen, Kenny Perry, Gary Hallberg, Mark O'Meara, Tom Lehman and 2009 champion Fred Funk lead the field at three-under par.
Roger Chapman, the 2012 Senior Open champ, has started out poorly this year, posting a four-over 74 on Thursday.
Let's take a look at the day's action.
US Senior Open Round 1 Leaderboard
|T1||Jay Don Blake||-3|
|T8||Chien Soon Lu||-2|
Fred Funk, the 2009 champion, notched four birdies to one bogey on Thursday. He hit 11 of 13 fairways while registering a greens-in-regulation (GIR) rate of 78 percent. He averaged 1.61 putts per hole. He went a combined three-under par in Par 3's and Par 4's, but went even par on Par 5's.
Jay Don Blake posted one eagle, three birdies and two bogeys on Thursday. The 54-year-old hit 10 of 13 fairways and averaged 1.39 putts per hole, but his GIR was only 50 percent. On Par 3's, he was one-over par. On Par 5's he was four-under par. Blake finished 22nd at the Senior Open last year.
Michael Allen notched one eagle, five birdies and four bogeys. He posted a decent GIR of 67 percent, but hit only six of 13 fairways and averaged 1.56 putts per hole. On Par 3's, he was one-under par. On Par 5's, he was three-under par. Allen finished sixth in 2010, seventh in 2011 and 33rd last year in the tournament.
Kenny Perry didn't notch an eagle on Thursday and he posted two bogeys, but he also racked up five birdies in Omaha. He hit nine of 13 fairways and registered a GIR of 78 percent, but he also averaged a mediocre 1.67 putts per hole.
Gary Hallberg posted five birdies and two bogeys, as well. Like Perry, he hit nine of 13 fairways and posted a GIR of 78 percent. He averaged 1.61 putts per hole. Hallberg placed 22nd at the tournament last year.
Tom Lehman posted four birdies to one bogey. He hit nine of 13 fairways while registering a GIR of 69 percent. He averaged 1.56 putts per hole. The 54-year-old placed second at the tournament last year.
Mark O'Meara rounds out the leaders through Day 1. The 1998 Masters and British Open champ only hit seven of 13 fairways and averaged 1.67 putts per hole on Thursday, but he did register a GIR of 83 percent. O'Meara placed second in his last appearance at the U.S. Senior Open in 2011.
Bernhard Langer, the 2010 champion, is also well within reach. The two-time Masters champion notched five birdies to three bogeys on Thursday, hitting 11 of 13 fairways while posting a GIR of 78 percent. He averaged 1.67 putts per hole.
Looks like it's going to be a competitive tournament complete with former major winners this year. Stay tuned at Omaha Country Club over the weekend.
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