Gene Sauers during the first round of Senior British Open at Royal Birkdale.
Gene Sauers shot a 3-under 67 in the first round of the Senior British Open at Royal Birkdale on Thursday, while defending champion Fred Couples struggled to an opening 74.
Sauers used three back-nine birdies on Nos. 15-17 to propel the 50-year-old American to the top of the leaderboard, one shot clear of Bernhard Langer, David Frost, Peter Senior and Frankie Minoza in Southport, England.
Two shots back at Corey Pavin, Gary Hallberg, John Cook and Jeff Hart.
Only 10 players were better than par on Thursday in windy conditions.
"I hit a lot of solid shots in the wind ...
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