THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — Andy Bean had a great day with his irons, hitting all 18 greens in regulation and finishing with a 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead at the Administaff Small Business Classic at The Woodlands Country Club on Friday.
Bean, who won the Regions Charity Classic in May, had a 31 on the back nine, to take a one-stroke lead over Jay Haas and Joey Sindelar.
Sandy Lyle, Lonnie Nielsen, Brad Bryant and Wayne Grady were another stroke back as the first round was played under cloudy conditions with no rain.
The 55-year-old Bean, who is closing in on a million dollars in earnings this year for the first time since 2006, had eight birdies, including five on the back nine. He bogeyed only the ninth hole.
Haas, who is first on the Champions Tour earnings list with $1.7 million this year, dropped a 19-foot putt on the 18th hole for a birdie that pulled him into second. He had six birdies and no bogeys.
Sindelar birdied six holes, four as he shot a 32 the final nine holes. He also didn’t have any bogeys.