BLAINE, Minn. — Gil Morgan was happy to shoot his age Friday, yet slightly disappointed his score wasn’t even lower.
The 65-year-old Morgan shot a 7-under 65 on Friday for a share of the first-round lead with Chien Soon Lu, Steve Pate and Peter Senior in the Champions Tour’s 3M Championship.
“I didn’t have too many mistakes, I didn’t miss many greens, but I had a few opportunities that kind of slipped away putting-wise,” Morgan said.
He had a bogey-free round, but missed four putts in the 6- to 10-foot range, while making a handful of long ones, including a 40-footer for birdie on the par-3 13th.
Joel Edwards, Tom Jenkins and Mark McNulty were a stroke back. Past event champions David Frost, Bernhard Langer and D.A. Weibring were at 67 along with Joe Daley, Jeff Hart and Willie Wood.
On an ideal sunny day with a slight breeze early, 49 of 81 players shot below par at the TPC Twin Cities, where the fairways are wide and the greens soft.