TWO eagles helped Olin Browne to a two stroke lead after the first round of the 2011 US Senior Open at the Inverness Golf Club in Toledo, Ohio.
The American golfer is a three time US PGA Tour winner and had four birdies, two eagles and a bogey in his 7-under round of 64.
Playing late in oppressively hot conditions, Browne was two clear of early leaders and fellow countrymen Mark O’Meara and Michael Allen, who each shot bogey-free 66s.
Australian Peter Senior made a spectacular early run with six birdies to take the outright lead on the 10th with 6-under. This included four consecutive birdies on 7, 8, 9 and 10.
However, he immediately failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker on 11 and there were three more bogeys to compound the issue, including on the last.
The Australian PGA Champion finished with a 69, to be 2-under and tied for 15th.
Senior’s putter was on fire early and he will be hoping to loosen up and repeat that form in the coming rounds.
The only other Australian in the field is Graham Marsh who finished with a 3-over 74.
Former US Open champion Steve Jones, Zach Johnson’s caddie Damon Green (Am) and Mark Wiebe were on the third rung of the leaderboard on 4-under.
Other notables still well in contention include Corey Pavin, Mark Calcavecchia, Jeff Sluman, Tommy Armour 111 and Steve Pate on 3-under and Hale Irwin on 2-under with Senior.
Australian TV Times
The 2011 US Senior Open is being broadcast live on Fox Sports with first round highlights replayed on Friday at 8pm to 9.30pm.
2nd Round: Live Saturday 5am to 9am; 3rd Round: Live Sunday 5am to 8am. Final Round: Live Monday 5am to 8am.2011 US Senior Open Leaderboard