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John Huston leads Senior Players Championship

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Fred Couples is tied for second, one shot off the lead.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - John Huston shot a 5-under 65 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Senior Players Championship.

Huston started on No. 10 and was even par halfway through his round before making a big move on the front nine at soggy Fox Chapel. Huston shot 5-under 30 coming in, including four birdies and an eagle on the short par-4 seventh. The 52-year-old Huston missed three months this season because of lower back problems.

Fred Couples, Duffy Waldorf, Fred Funk and Russ Cochran were a stroke back in the third major on the Champions Tour schedule. Tom Pernice Jr. had three straight birdies to start his round and led a group of players at 67.

The start of play was delayed nearly five hours because of heavy rain.

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