Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Joe Durant, David Frost and Doug Garwood all fired 67s on Thursday and the trio holds a 1-shot lead after the first round of the Constellation Senior Players Championship.
Durant had seven birdies and one bogey on his round, while Frost and Garwood both went bogey-free to go along with six birdies on their way to an early 6- under-par start at Fox Chapel Golf Club.
Heading into the second round of the Champions Tour's third major of the year, Durant, Frost and Garwood lead by one shot over eight players who currently stand at 5-under.
Durant and Garwood are both looking for their first victories on the Champions tour, while Frost is going for his sixth title. Frost's last win on tour was a big one at the Regions Tradition last year.
Bernhard Langer, Steve Pate, Larry Mize, Corey Pavin, Olin Browne, Bart Bryant, Peter Fowler and Wes Short, Jr. all opened with 65s and are right in the thick of things.
Barry Lane, Mark Brooks, Mark McNulty, Tommy Armour III, Bob Tway and Marco Dawson shot 4-under 66 to finish the first round two shots back of the leaders.
Kenny Perry, who is a three-time major champion on the Champions Tour and the defending champion at this event, shot an even-par 70 and sits six shots back of the leaders.
Durant started his tournament off quickly and it turned into an early lead as he was the first one at 6-under in the clubhouse.
After a par on the first hole, Durant rattled off two birdies in a row at the par-5 second and the par-3 third. He followed those up with two more pars before making back-to-back birdies yet again at six and seven to put him at 4- under.
Four more pars brought Durant to the 12th hole, where he dropped his first shot of the day with a bogey. Durant would rebound, however, with a birdie at No. 13. Birdies at 16 and 18 helped Durant close the round strong.
"I'm just coming out and enjoying being out here, enjoying being with the guys and I'm just looking at this as a reward for having a good tour career and I just want to have fun when I come out here and play," Durant said. "I need to adopt that same attitude on the other ones and I might do a little better."
Frost had a rather quiet first nine holes with just two birdies at No. 2 and No. 7, but the back nine is really where he picked things up and he wasted no time after making the turn.
The South African drained birdies on 10 and 11, moving him to 4-under. Four straight pars brought Frost to the 16th, where he made his fifth birdie. Like Durant, Frost made birdie on the par-5 18th, putting him in the clubhouse tied for the lead.
"I drove it decent, hit a lot of good iron shots and made some key putts, a couple to save par, and some nice birdie putts," Frost said. "The conditions were, there was no wind out there today, so taking that into account it was good for low scoring."
Garwood also joined in on the low scoring with a similar round to Frost's. Garwood made two birdies on the front nine at two and five. He made two more pars on 10 and 11 before breaking through.
The American made three straight birdies from No. 12 and another one at 16 before ending with two more pars.
NOTES: Garwood has finished in the top four in each of his last two events on tour. Garwood finished second at the Principal Charity Classic before ending in sole possession of fourth at the Encompass Championship last week ... Durant opened with a first-round 64 for the second straight week after doing the same at last week's Travelers Championship on the PGA Tour. This is just Durant's fifth start on the Champions Tour.