Weir in contention at first major of year

Mike Weir of Bright's Grove was tied for fourth place at 4 under after the first round of the PGA Tour Champions' Regions Tradition major Thursday.

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Darren Clarke fired a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take the 18-hole lead at the Regions Tradition major in Birmingham, Ala.

Clarke birdied five holes on the front nine – he started on No. 10 – to take a one-shot lead over Jerry Kelly and Stephen Ames, who both carded 67s in the PGA Tour Champions event at the Greystone Golf & Country Club.

Defending champion Steve Stricker is tied for fourth with two others after shooting a 68. He’s joined by Mike Weir of Bright’s Grove and Alex Cejka at 4 under.

Seven players are tied for seventh at 3 under.

The event is four rounds and the purse is $2.4 million.

Clarke birdied his first two holes to make the turn at 5 under. He carded two more on his round before a bogey at the par-4 eighth hole.

“All in all, 6 under par is a pretty decent start,” Clarke said, adding that there’s the added excitement of playing in a major.

“Majors are majors, it doesn’t make any difference which tour they’re on. You want to play well,” Clarke said. “You ask Tiger Woods, you ask Rory McIlroy, you ask Dustin, you ask Mr. Nicklaus, you ask anybody, majors are what they all want, and it’s the same out here. We all want them, too.

“There’s a little bit of added excitement, four-round tournament. I think it’s the first tournament I’ve walked since Pebble Beach last year, so my legs are a little bit sore. Going to go down to the range, do a little bit of work and then relax and get ready .”

– Field Level Media



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