PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Tom Lehman made a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole at Pebble Beach on Saturday for his second straight 5-under 67 and a one-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's First Tee Open.
Lehman, the seven-time Champions Tour winner and former British Open champion, had a 10-under 134 total after rounds at Del Monte and Pebble Beach.
"To play Pebble Beach in beautiful conditions is a pleasure and a treat," said Lehman, winless this year. "The greens are first and fast, the fairways are firm and fast. It plays like it's supposed to play and I just love the challenge."
Russ Cochran, the Principal Charity Classic winner in June in Iowa, also shot 67 at Pebble Beach. The left-hander made a 60-foot birdie putt on the par-3 seventh, his 16th hole of the day.
"I got off to a really solid start and kept the ball below the hole," said Cochran, a four-time winner on the 50-and-over tour. "The greens are in great shape and I got lucky to make some putts on the front side. ... Pebble reacts to the weather. On the PGA Tour in February, it's a little more of handful than it is now."
Lehman won the 1998 Callaway Invitational, an unofficial multiple-tour event at Pebble Beach. He was second in the PGA Tour's 2003 AT&T National Pro-Am and tied for sixth in the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
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