Friday, March 27, 2009

CAP CANA, Dominican Republic (AP) — David Eger shot a 5-under 67 on Friday to sit atop a crowded leaderboard after the first round of the Cap Cana Championship.

Eger, a two-time winner on the Champions Tour, shot a bogey-free round that put him one shot ahead of Nick Price, Eduardo Romero, Keith Fergus, Tim Simpson and Tom Jenkins.

Simpson and Fergus also shot bogey-free rounds.

Greg Norman, making his first start in a regular-season event on the Champions Tour, shot a 1-over-par 73 in the $2.1 million tournament at Punta Espada Golf Club.

Starting on the back side in one of the first groups, Eger drained a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 11 and made short birdie putts on Nos. 15 and 17 to quickly get to 3-under. He added a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 4 and two-putted from 40-feet for another birdie at the sixth.

``It wasn't a real exciting round, but that's fine with me,'' said Eger, whose last victory came at the 2005 Boeing Greater Seattle Classic. ``Overall, I played well and I hit a lot of good irons today.''

While winds weren't as much of a factor as they were in the inaugural event a year ago, it was still something players had to contend with at the seaside layout. Winds were blowing constantly up to 20 mph.

``It was probably a three-club difference hitting into the wind and a one-club difference hitting a shot with the wind. It was really more difficult on holes near the water,'' Eger said. ``You really had to think and manage your game out there.''

Price and Fergus were tied for the lead heading to No. 18, but both dropped a stroke there to fall back into the group tied for second. Price missed a 12-footer for par after hitting his second shot into a bunker.

``All in all, a 68 is a good start for me and I helped myself by making a couple of good putts,'' said the 52-year-old Price, who is seeking his first victory on the Champions Tour after winning 18 times on the PGA Tour.

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