THE US Champions Tour’s first major of 2011 is underway in Birmingham Alabama with America’s Tom Lehman leading by a stroke after the first round.
Lehman shot a bogey free five-under 67 at the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek.
Fellow former British Open Champion Nick Price is in second position along with Wayne Levi, Mark Calcavecchia and Taiwan’s Chien-Soon Lu.
Australia’s Peter Senior is just three strokes off the lead on the third rung of the leaderboard tied for seventh.
Senior mixed five birdies with a double bogey on the par-4 10th and a bogey on the 12th.
This is the Australian’s 6th event on the tour this season. He has been in solid form with top tens in his last two tournaments and he has not finished outside the top 20 all year.
The other Australian in the field is Wayne Grady, returning to the site of his 1990 PGA Championship win. This is the first professional tournament at the Jack Nicklaus designed course in suburban Birmingham since that event.
The nostalgia may have gotten to the Australian as he struggled with a string of bogeys to finish with an 80.
Hopefully his birdie on the 17th will spur in on to better things in the second round.
The 2011 Regions Transition is being telecast in Australia on ESPN2.
Scheduled times are: Saturday 7am to 9am; Sunday 5am to 8am;
Monday 9am to 12 pm. (Check for programming changes)