Tierra del Sol Resort
Friday, April 17, 2009

LUTZ, Fla. (AP) — Larry Nelson shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-shot lead over Nick Price after the first round of the Outback Pro-Am on Friday.

Nelson got going with a chip-in for par at No. 13 at the Champions Tour event at TPC Tampa Bay. He then had birdies at Nos. 16, 1, 3 and 8.

``(No.) 13 was kind of the turning point of my day,'' said Nelson, a winner of three majors on the PGA Tour. ``I chipped it in probably from about 25 feet for par. (It) looked like I was going to double (bogey) there, but as difficult as this pin was, I actually chipped it in. That kind of kept things going for me.''

Mark McNulty and Mike McCullough had 67s, while Jay Haas shot a 68.

The last time the 61-year-old Nelson held first place outright was at the SAS Championship in September 2001. His last 65 was more than two years ago.

Nelson credits his score to a new putter, one he hadn't tested before the round.

``Today was the best putting round in two years,'' he said. ``So I'm not going to practice anything this afternoon because I'm going to try to remember what I did (for) tomorrow.''

Price, who also has won three majors, started off with a bogey at No. 12, but then birdied No. 13. He had five birdies on his back nine, including four straight starting at No. 5.

``I'm playing solidly and I'm hitting the ball where I'm aiming,'' Price said. ``So I'm happy to be where I am.''

Two-time defending champion Tom Watson, who had hip surgery Oct. 2, had a 71 with two bogeys and two birdies.

Haas, who tied for second with Scott Hoch in 2008, has never won an event in Florida, going 0-113, including 0-11 on the Champions Tour.

Hoch had four birdies and three bogeys in his 70. He had a chance to force a playoff with Watson on No. 18 in 2008, but lipped out a 4-foot par putt.

Scwab Cup leader Bernhard Langer also finished at one under.

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