August 29, 2009

O’Meara leads Champions Tour event

Mark O'Meara eagled the par-5 18th hole Friday and shot a 6-under 66 that put him two shots in front after one round of the Boeing Classic.

O'Meara, who has not won a Champions Tour event since he became eligible to play on the circuit in 2005, rolled in an 18-foot putt for his eagle on the closing hole of the TPC-Snoqualmie Ridge course.

I hit the ball better at times now than I did in 1998 when I won two majors, said O'Meara, who won the Masters and British Open that year.

Tied for second at 68 were Allen Doyle, Mark McNulty, John Jacobs and Loren Roberts, who last month won the Senior British Open.

Defending champion Tom Kite was among a group another shot back, at 69. He was joined by Bernhard Langer, Nick Price and John Cook.

No first-round leader has ever won this tournament, and only four 18-hole leaders have won all year on the Champions Tour.

It's not easy out here, O'Meara said. It's a building process. Maybe I'll win eventually. I've won at every level, so it would be nice to win out here.