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Roberts, Adcock share lead at SAS Championship

Roberts, Adcock share lead at SAS Championship

Loren Roberts wasted little time working his way to the top the leaderboard in his first Champions Tour start in a month, shooting a 5-under 67 for a share of the first-round lead in the SAS Championship on Friday.
Roberts, the tour leader with four victories and $1,945,764 (euro1,536,000) in earnings, had five birdies in his bogey-free round. Mitch Adcock also opened with a 67, and Tom Jenkins had a 68 on the Prestonwood Country Club course.
An inch (Two centimeters) of rain delayed the start of play for 4 hours, 35 minutes, with the final group finishing at 7:01 p.m.
"The last hole was tough," said Adcock, who played in the next-to-last group. "We were just trying to finish. I'm glad I finished."
Roberts, the Charles Schwab Cup standings leader, took time off to be an assistant captain on the U.S. Ryder Cup team and to attend Byron Nelson's funeral.
"I feel rested," Roberts said. "I hope to keep things going."
He had four birdies in his first nine holes and added one more on the back nine.
"I started off on the front nine and played well," Roberts said. "I had a nice birdie run on three straight holes."
Roberts got up and down for par from about 130 yards on the par-4 13th hole. His tee shot landed in a fairway bunker and his shot out of the sand caught the lip of the bunker and only went about 60 yards. His third shot landed just short of the hole and he was able to save par from about 4 feet.
"That was a good par there," Roberts said. "It was a huge boost. There is always a spot when you need to make a good par and that was it. It kept the momentum going when you make a tough par like that."
Adcock, in the field on a sponsor's exemption, also had a bogey-free round.
"It's great to be tied for the lead," Adcock said. "In a three-day event you can't afford a poor round. No bogeys, which is nice."
Scott Hoch, making just his second Champions Tour start of the year, was two strokes back after a 69. Jim Ahern and John Harris also had 69s.
Jay Haas, second behind Roberts in the Schwab Cup race, opened with a 71. Defending champion Hale Irwin shot a 76.


Updated : 2021-06-25 04:57 GMT+08:00