MEMPHIS, TENN. — Zoeller ties for St. Jude lead on the course he helped design
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Former U.S. Open and Masters champion Fuzzy Zoeller tamed the course he helped design with a 7-under-par 64 yesterday to share the lead with left-hander Russ Cochran midway through the $1 million St. Jude Classic.
Zoeller, who began the day five shots off the pace set by Jim Thorpe and Rick Fehr, shot four consecutive birdies beginning with an eight-foot putt at the par-4 ninth and ending with a five-footer for a 3 at No. 12.
Earlier, Zoeller had birdied holes four through six with putts of five, 30 and five feet.
Zoeller designed the 7,006-yard, par-71 Tournament Players Club at Southwind with Hubert Green.
The 1979 Masters champion and 1984 U.S. Open titleholder, Zoeller's best finish here was a tie for second in 1983.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Larry Laoretti, Jack Kiefer and local favorite Jim Colbert all shot 4-under-par 66s to share the first-round lead.
Doug Sanders, Don Massengale and Ray Beallo were one shot back. Don January, Al Geiberger, Frank Beard, Chi Chi Rodriguez and Bruce Devlin finished at 68 in the first PGA Tour stop in Kansas City since 1960.
Colbert, a Kansas City native who played football at Kansas State, birdied two of the first three holes and declared it the best round he's played in 11 Senior events.
Temperatures hovered in the mid-90s amid sweltering humidity but the top condition of the greens on the 6,496-yard Loch Lloyd course kept scores down.
Laoretti grabbed a share of the lead with a 70-foot downhill birdie putt on the par-4 17th.