Lehman shares Tradition lead

Tom Lehman shares the lead after day one of the JELD-WEN Tradition – the fourth of this season’s Champions Tour majors.

Tom Lehman shares the lead after day one of the JELD-WEN Tradition – the fourth of this season’s five majors on the Champions Tour.

Lehman took victory in the first of those – the Senior PGA Championship – and is well set to add a second after carding a five-under 67 at the Crosswater Club in Oregon.

That put him tied at the top alongside fellow American D.A. Weibring, who birdied the tough two final holes – the 244-yard, par-3 17th and the par-4, 456-yard 18th.

Lehman, who also birdied the last, relied on a hot putter with five of his six birdie putts ranging from 15 to 30 feet.

“The irons some days feel like a spatula in your hand. I hit very few good shots,” Lehman admitted. “If I hadn’t had a good putting round, it would have a very mediocre day.”

Five players, including US Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin, share third place on four-under.

Pavin made an eagle at the par-4 10th by holing a 163-yard 8-iron and his 68 was matched by Gil Morgan, Fulton Allem, Bob Gilder and Fred Funk, the 2008 winner here.

Germany’s Bernhard Langer is seeking a third successive major at this level after capturing the Senior British Open and the US Senior Open in successive weeks and is nicely placed after a first round 69.

Langer, the tour’s season earnings and Charles Schwab Cup leader, is aiming to become the second player in Champions Tour history to win three consecutive majors.

Mark Calcavecchia, Loren Roberts and Hale Irwin were also in the 13-man group to shoot 69 but defending champion Mike Reid had a terrible start, his 79 leaving him second to last.

Fred Couples, who sits second in the Schwab Cup standings, chose not to play this week, instead opting to turn out in the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship in Sedgefield where he opened with a disappointing two-over 72 to finish the day 11 off the lead.