Kelly, Sauers lead Champions opener

(AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

Kelly, 51, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

"Last week helped a lot just to prepare because I took my first two months off since probably 1989 when I turned pro, so I only practiced for one week. I didn't even play 18 holes a day," Kelly said. "So I played really well last week. If I would have putted like I did today, I would have won easy. So I took that into this week. Switched back to my old putter and had a good day on the greens."

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