Sunday Tribune

Clearwater, Cochran share Champions event

- SAPA-AP in San Antonio

CHAMPIONS Tour rookies Keith Clearwater and Russ Cochran shot 5-under 66s to share the firstround lead on Friday in the AT&T Championsh­ip, the final full-field event of the season.

Tom Kite, looking for his first home-state win as a profession­al, was a stroke back along with fellow Texan Ben Crenshaw, Mark O’Meara and Andy Bean.

Clearwater, who won his two US PGA Tour titles in 1987, is making his fifth Champions Tour start after turning 50 in August. He eagled the par-15th hole and had five birdies and two bogeys on the Oak Hills Country Club course.

“I feel like my game is great, but I need a few more times to play,” Clearwater said. “My putting is noncompeti­tive right now, but it’s just a matter of playing and getting my instincts back... I still think I’m better than most people think. I still think I’m as good as anybody and I’m working hard to prove it.”

Cochran, the left-hander who won the 1991 Western Open for his lone US PGA Tour title, had six birdies and a bogey. He was third in the US Senior Open and has three top-five finishes in 14 events this season.

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