PETER SENIOR hit a four under par 67 to be just three behind the leader after the first round of the final US Champions Tour event for 2010.
Senior birdied the first hole and then started the back nine with three straight to be contending for the lead at the US$2,500,000,000 Charles Schwab Cup Championship at the Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco.
Senior made up for a bogey on the 14th with another birdie on the 16th to be sitting tied for fifth behind leader John Cook on 7 under.
One stroke behind Cook are Fred Funk and Tom Pernice, Jnr, with Tom Lehman sitting alone on the third tier at 5 under.
Equal with Senior are Bernhard Langer, Olin Brown, Tom Kite, Jeff Sluman, Russ Cochran.
The tournament is virtually the Champions Tour championship and brings together the leading 30 players from the season long Charles Schwab point series.
Langer is now in the box seat to win the US$1 million Schwab points series bonus with the player in second place, Fred Couples, recording a first round 2 under 69.
Only Langer and Couples are in a position to win the trophy and the big cash prize and it just depends on their prize money winning for this event.
You wouldn’t write Couples off. The 51 year old has won more tournaments and prize money on his rookie season with the over 50’s Champions Tour than he did on his best year on the PGA Tour proper.
ON the eve of the event the former US Master winner said he would concentrate on the Champions Tour next year and was “absolutely done” with the regular tour.
Senior has also had a great rookie year and with earnings of well over $820,000 has already guaranteed a spot on the tour next year.