Tom Lehman began brilliantly with an eagle and five birdies on the first eight holes to shoot a 7-under 65 on Friday and take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Champions Tour's Insperity Championship.
He was a stroke ahead of Fred Funk and Tom Jenkins tied for second, while past winners John Cook and Bernhard Langer topped a large group at 68.
Michael Allen, coming off consecutive victories at TPC Tampa Bay and the Legends of Golf better-ball event with David Frost, opened with a 69.
Lehman, the player of the year last year after winning three times, shot his ninth straight sub-par round at The Woodlands Country Club, a venue that used to conjure nothing but bad memories.
He played in the 1985 Houston Open, the first year it was contested here, and missed the cut. In December 1989, Lehman finished ''nearly dead-last'' here in PGA Tour qualifying school on a cold, rainy weekend.
''It was a horrendous experience,'' he said. ''I played poorly and because it was such a b...