Joe Durant leads Senior PGA Championship

Joe Durant chips onto the third green during the first round of the Senior PGA Championship golf tournament at Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Mich.
AP Photo/Paul Sancya

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Joe Durant birdied his final hole Thursday for a 6-under 65 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Senior PGA Championship.

Making his third Champions Tour start after turning 50 in April 7, the four-time PGA Tour winner had seven birdies and a bogey at Harbor Shores.

Dan Forsman, fighting an arthritic left hip, opened with a 66, and Brad Faxon had a 67. Mark Brooks and P.H. Horgan III shot 68, and two-time Senior PGA winner Jay Haas and Colin Montgomerie were in the group at 69.

Kenny Perry, the winner week in the Regions Tradition in Alabama, topped the group at 70 along with Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman, John Cook and Tom Watson.

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