01/17 22:25 CST Toms, Durant share lead in PGA Tour Champions opener
Toms, Durant share lead in PGA Tour Champions opener
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) --- David Toms and Joe Durant each shot 7-under 65 in
windy conditions Thursday to share the first-round lead in the PGA Tour
Champions' season-ending Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.
The 52-year-old Toms closed his bogey-free round with a 2-foot birdie putt on
the par-4 18th. He won the U.S. Senior Open last year for his first Champions
title after winning 13 times on the PGA Tour.
"I didn't know what to expect," Toms said. "I had played well all week, but we
hadn't had any wind, so that was nice to go out there and be able to control
the ball and do all the things you need to do to be able to play in the wind.
Got off to a good start and just kind of kept going."
The 54-year-old Durant also birdied the 18th. The four-time PGA Tour winner
took the Chubb Classic last season for his third career victory on the
"It was tricky, especially the last couple days it was pretty benign for here,
so when we got out there today, what was 10 to 15 (mph) felt like 30 at times,"
Durant said. "Tricky with the pins being a little more difficult. The greens
rolled nicely, but that wind, it was tough. You had to hit some really good
Miguel Angel Jimenez and Scott Parel were tied for third at 68. Jimenez won at
Hualalai in 2015.
Vijay Singh topped a large group at 69.
Bernhard Langer, the tournament winner in 2009, 2014 and 2017, opened with a 70.
Steve Stricker also shot 70, playing alongside defending champion Jerry Kelly
in a pairing of Madison, Wisconsin, friends. Kelly had a 71.
Fred Couples shot 72, and John Daly had a 73.