Saturday, March 28, 2015

Montgomerie shares Mississippi lead

SAUCIER, Mississippi -- Colin Montgomerie and Joe Durant sit atop a busy leaderboard after firing rounds of 5-under 67 in breezy conditions at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic
Montgomerie finished with a birdie on the par-4 ninth hole at Fallen Oak. The Scot won the Senior PGA Championship and U.S. Senior Open in 2014.
The players faced 10-20 mph wind out of the northwest with stronger gusts.
"This is a mere breeze where I'm from," Montgomerie said. "Five-under par is a good score today. Anything under par is a good score today with very testing conditions. Every shot today was different from yesterday because the wind was completely different. This is a very, very good course, perhaps the best we play on this Tour, and it's even more challenging in the wind."
"The wind was tough out there," Durant said. "It was swirly and gusty, but if you can put the ball in the right places on the greens, you can make some putts. It was a good test today."
Durant is playing in this event for the first time, but his resume includes a win in the 1996 Tour Mississippi Gulf coast Classic. He grew up in nearby Pensacola, Florida.
"It's nice to only be a couple of hours from home," Durant said.
Gene Sauers, Kevin Sutherland, David Frost, Woody Austin and Brad Faxon are a shot back after their opening rounds of 68.
Fred Couples, the 2012 champion, had a 71 and Jeff Maggert, the winner here last year in his Champions Tour debut, carded a 73.
Miguel Angel Jimenez closed with a double bogey for 76. The Spaniard won the season-opening event in Hawaii in January for his second victory in three career Champions Tour starts.
Jesper Parnevik also struggled, making a triple bogey on the par-3 third, finishing with a round of 76. He tied for 42nd last week his Champions Tour debut at the Tucson Conquistadores Classic, shooting 71-74-71.
Par 72. Players from USA unless stated otherwise
67  Joe Durant, Colin Montgomerie (Scotland)
68 Gene Sauers, Kevin Sutherland, David Frost (S Africa), Woody Austin, Brad Faxon.

73 Fred Couples
76 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spain), Jesper Parnevik (Sweden), Sandy Lyle (Scotland)
77 Ian Woosnam (Wales)
Disqualified - Roger Chapman (England)





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