BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Jay Haas, Mark Calcavecchia, Olin Browne and Chien Soon Lu share the first-round lead at 3-under 69 on Thursday in the Regions Tradition, the first of the Champions Tour's five majors.
With windy, unseasonably cool conditions at Shoal Creek, it was the highest score to lead after the first round at the Tradition since three players were tied at 3 under in 1990 at Desert Mountain in Arizona. The course absorbed more than an inch of rain overnight and the players were allowed to lift, clean and place the golf balls.
Calcavecchia had three birdies on the final nine holes.
Lu birdied the final hole and two of the last three.
Haas capped a run of three straight birdies with a 50-foot putt on the 12th hole.