Sutton among leaders at Gulf Coast

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 22, 2013

OAKMONT, PA - JUNE 15: Steve Elkington watches his tee shot from the seventh hole during the second round of the 107th U.S. Open Championship at Oakmont Country Club on June 15, 2007 in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Hal Sutton, Steve Elkington, Corey Pavin and Roger Chapman shot 3-under 69 in light rain Friday to share the first-round lead in the Champions Tour's Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. The 54-year-old Sutton was the most surprising player among the leaders at Fallen Oak. Winless since the PGA Tour's 2001 Houston Open, he had his left hip replaced in October. Sutton made five birdies and salvaged bogey on the par-4 18th with a 15-foot putt. Pavin made three straight birdies on Nos. 6-8 to vault into a tie for the lead. Tough scoring conditions made for a crowded leaderboard, with six players a stroke back. Defending champion Fred Couples opened with a 72.
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