Oahu, HI (Sports Network) - Mark Wiebe shot 8-under-par 64 on Friday to grab
the first-round lead at the Hawaii Championship.
Wiebe, who won the Senior British Open Championship in July, sits two strokes
ahead of Mark Calcavecchia and John Cook at windy Kapolei Golf Course.
Brian Henninger is alone in fourth place after a first-round 67, while Bart
Bryant, Brad Faxon and Corey Pavin share fifth at 4-under 68.
Three-time major champion Vijay Singh carded a 3-under 69 in his inaugural
round on the Champions Tour. The 34-time PGA Tour winner, who turned 50 in
February, is tied for eighth place with 10 others, including Bernhard Langer
and defending champion Willie Wood.
"I think I did OK," Singh said in a televised interview. "Scoring was pretty
low considering the conditions. I don't know if I was nervous or anxious or
whatever you might call it, (but) I was just happy to get the first round out
of the way."
Singh was in the mix early, as the Fijian picked up three birdies during his
bogey-free outward nine. He played his final nine holes at even par with a
birdie and a bogey.
"I'm actually changing my golf swing a little bit," Singh continued. "It's not
really changing the path of the golf swing, but it's a move that I'm doing and
it's very awkward."
Wiebe emerged from a crowded leaderboard when he birdied three holes in a row
from the third to move a shot ahead of the chasing pack at 3-under.
Calcavecchia kept pace, however, opening with a birdie at the 10th (his first)
and turning the trick three more times during his outward nine to grab a share
of the lead.
Wiebe continued to surge forward, though, closing his front nine with back-to-
back birdies, then reeling off four straight birdies from the 11th. That
sizzling stretch pushed Wiebe three clear of Calcavecchia, who birdied the
first and third, then wrapped up his opening round with six straight pars.
Wiebe maintained his 3-stroke lead until the last, where he stumbled to his
lone bogey of the day to finish at minus-8.
Cook went out with the later wave and mixed nine birdies and three bogeys to
end the opening round two back.
NOTES: Wiebe is a four-time Champions Tour winner ... Singh won the Masters in
2000 and the PGA Championship in both 1998 and 2004 ... Charles Schwab Cup
points leader Kenny Perry shot even-par 72. Perry won two majors on the
Champions Tour this season.
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