Russ Cochran leads Boeing Classic

  • Associated Press
  • Friday, August 26, 2011 6:57pm
  • SportsGolf

SNOQUALMIE — Russ Cochran shot a 6-under-par 66 Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Jeff Sluman after the first round of the Champions Tour’s Boeing Classic.

Cochran, the Senior British Open winner last month, had an eagle, five birdies and a bogey at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.

Defending champion Bernhard Langer was two strokes back at 68 along with Hale Irwin and Ted Schulz. The 66-year-old Irwin had a hole-in-one on the par-3 ninth.

Fred Couples, the hometown star coming off a victory Sunday in New York in the Seniors Players Championship, shot a 73.

Cochran eagled the par-5 eighth to reach 2 under. The left-hander birdied No. 11, then had three straight birdies on Nos. 14-16 to take sole possession of the lead. He dropped a stroke on 17, but countered with a birdie on 18 to get back to 6 under.

Cochran missed more than two months this year because of a right wrist injury. He returned for the First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, then won the Senior British Open for his third Champions Tour victory and first major title.

Sluman birdied four of the final five holes.

Irwin holed a 6-iron shot from 185 yards on the ninth. His shot landed on the front collar of the green just over a bunker and rolled up and in for the ace. It was Irwin’s sixth career ace and first on the Champions Tour. His last hole-in-one came in the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

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