Madison native Jerry Kelly and David McKenzie shot 7-under-par 65s on Friday to share the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie, Washington.
Kelly had eight birdies and a bogey at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. The three-time PGA Tour winner is making his 13th senior start after turning 50 in November.
McKenzie, from Australia, eagled the par-5 eighth — his 17th hole — to join Kelly atop the leaderboard.
Marco Dawson and Duffy Waldorf were a stroke back.
Dawson had seven straight birdies, falling a hole short of the tour record. Playing the back nine first, he birdied Nos. 14-2. He had a double bogey on the par-4 fourth and birdied the eighth.
Waldforf had five birdies and a bogey on the final seven holes.
Stephen Ames and Scott Parel shot 67, and Vijay Singh was at 68 along with Bob Estes, Rocco Mediate, David Frost and Jerry Smith.
Defending champion Bernhard Langer had a 70, and Scott McCarron shot 71. Langer also won the 2010 event. He has a tour-high four victories this year, winning three of the tour's five major championships. McCarron won the Dick's Sporting Goods Open on Sunday in New York for his third victory of the year.
Local favorite Fred Couples opened with a 72.
Two swings cost Dustin Johnson the lead. It wasn’t long before Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler caught up to him in The Northern Trust, setting up a weekend of star power in the opening FedEx Cup playoff event.
Johnson, finally looking like the No. 1 player who looked unstoppable in the spring, appeared on the verge of building a big lead in Old Westbury, New York, until consecutive tee shots wound up on the wrong holes and forced him to scramble just to escape with bogey.
Fowler made up a five-shot deficit in six holes playing alongside Johnson, making a 15-foot birdie on the last hole for a 66 to join Johnson (69) and Jhonattan Vegas (65) atop the leaderboard at 6-under 134. And then Spieth put together a stretch reminiscent of his British Open victory in a 65.
Spieth began the back nine with five straight birdies, matching his longest birdie streak on the PGA Tour. It ended with a bogey on the par-3 15th, but then he answered with a 40-foot birdie putt on the 16th.
Matt Kuchar (64) and Bubba Watson (68) were one shot out of the lead.
Seventy players made the cut at 2 over par. The cut ended the season of 13 players, a group that included Presidents Cup captain and Madison resident Steve Stricker (74-70—4-over 144).
In Gee Chun shot a second straight 4-under 67 to take a two-stroke lead over Americans Mo Martin, Brittany Lincicome and Marina Alex in the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in Ottawa, Ontario.