John Jacobs and John Mahaffey shot 6-under 65s to share the first-round lead at the Pacific Bell Senior PGA Classic yesterday in Los Angeles, a day the older members of the sport remembered Payne Stewart.
Bruce Summerhays was a shot back in third, while Dave Stockton, Lee Trevino, Gary Player and Jim Thorpe all had 67s. Defending champion Joe Inman was in a group of seven another shot behind.
Thirty-four players shot par or better over the 6,575-yard Wilshire Country Club course, where Stewart was in the minds of competitors and spectators and was honored in a post-round ceremony with a bagpipe player and many kind words.
"This is Payne Stewart's day," Mahaffey said. "There were grown men crying. It hits really close to home."
Mahaffey, in his second season on the senior Tour, was 5 under on the back nine and had eight birdies in all.
"I played a really great round," Mahaffey said. "It was extremely difficult to play golf today. We have trained our minds to focus on the job at hand but when I wasn't hitting a golf shot my mind was somewhere else."
Mahaffey, who won 10 times in his 27 years on the PGA Tour, needs to win less than $115,000 in the final two tournaments of the season to post his first career $1 million year.
* EUROPE: South Africa's Retief Goosen fired a 4-under 68 and maintained a one-stroke lead over Ireland's Padraig Harrington halfway through the $1.6 million Volvo Masters tournament in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. After 36 holes, Goosen had a 14-under 130 total.
Scotland's Colin Montgomerie, seeking his seventh European title of the year, shot a 65 and was tied with four others at 135.
* LPGA: Tina Barrett and Cindy McCurdy led the way for the U.S. LPGA team, which defeated its Japanese counterpart 4-2 on the opening day of the Nichirei International tournament in Narita, Japan.