OMAHA, Neb. — Kenny Perry shot a 3-under 67 on Thursday and is tied for the lead at the U.S. Senior Open, putting together a solid start in his bid for a second straight win in a senior major.
Perry, who won the Senior Players Championship two weeks ago at Fox Chapel, Pa., made five birdies against two bogeys at Omaha Country Club.
He has plenty of company atop a crowded leaderboard.
Michael Allen and Jay Don Blake also shot a 67 in the morning, and Gary Hallberg, Mark O'Meara, Tom Lehman and Fred Funk posted the same score in the afternoon.
There had never been as many as seven co-leaders after the first round at a U.S. Senior Open. The previous record was five in 1997.
Lehman had the shot of the day, chipping in from 45 feet for birdie on the 18th hole.
O'Meara, the 1998 Masters and British Open champion, had a chance to take the outright lead on the last hole but was short with his 10-footer for birdie.
Hallberg's 67 was his lowest score in six U.S. Senior Open appearances. He started on the back nine and birdied three of his first five holes.
Funk, who won this event in 2009 and was runner-up last year, had 13 pars and four birdies.
Allen made five birdies and an eagle but also four bogeys while Blake played the par-5s in 4 under and required only 25 putts.
Defending champion Roger Chapman struggled with his putter and was seven shots behind after a 74.
The hills at the 6,700-yard Omaha Country Club took a toll on the field of golfers age 50 and over, especially in the afternoon as temperatures reached the upper 80s.
So did the small and undulating greens, which browned up in the heat and proved dicey.
Chien Soon Lu, Peter Senior, Rocco Mediate and 2010 champion Bernhard Langer shots 68s and were one back of the leaders.
Colin Montgomery, who turned 50 last month and is playing in his second senior event, had a 69 and was in a pack of players two shots behind.
Tom Watson, who played with Langer and Montgomerie and drew the largest galleries of the day, struggled with his irons while shooting a 70 that included one birdie and one bogey.
Fred Couples, coming off three straight runner-up finishes on the Champions Tour, had a 1-over 71.