Glasson, Forsman lead Tradition
Birmingham, AL (Sports Network) - Bill Glasson and Dan Forsman both carded rounds of six-under 66 Thursday to share the first-round lead of the Tradition, the second major of the year on the Champions Tour.
Fred Funk, who won the Insperity Championship almost a month ago and captured this title twice in the last four years, is alone in third at five-under 67.
Bernhard Langer posted a four-under 68 and is fourth at Shoal Creek.
Defending champion Tom Lehman, who prevailed in a playoff last year, shot a three-under 69 and is tied for fifth with Brad Bryant, Russ Cochran and Bruce Fleisher.
Glasson made his way to the top of the leaderboard quickly. He was in Thursday's first pairing out with Fulton Allem, while everyone else played in threesomes.
"Fulton Allem's the fastest player in the world by far, and so it was nice," said Glasson.
He broke into red figures with a 10-foot birdie putt at the second. Two holes later, Glasson hit a six-iron to seven feet and cashed in on the birdie opportunity.
After a nice up-and-down for par at five, Glasson cruised to the back nine with all pars. He knocked a nine-iron 20 feet past the flag at 10, but sank the birdie putt to reach three-under.
At the par-four 12th, Glasson played a seven-iron to 20 feet and holed the birdie effort.
"All these things are kind of unexpected," said Glasson. "Twelve, I don't think I've ever parred it, let alone made a birdie, so I was just kind of cruising around."
Glasson parred the next four, then got to the top of the leaderboard with his play late. He missed the green with his second at the par-five 17th, but chipped to five feet and kicked in the short birdie putt.
He knocked his approach to four feet at the last to set up an easy birdie and a share of first.
"I think my swing is all right," said Glasson, who has had 25 surgeries in his career, spanning everything from neck fusion to back fusion. "I feel better this week typically. We're all hurt out here, face it; some not as much as others, but everybody's hurt."
Forsman, who the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, collected his first birdie at the par-four fourth, but dropped a shot at the very next hole.
Forsman rattled off back-to-back birdies at seven and eight and made the turn at two-under. He joined Glasson in first thanks to four consecutive birdies from the 11th.
He parred his last four to match Glasson's 66.
Jeff Sluman, Morris Hatalsky, Kirk Triplett, Gary Hallberg, Larry Mize, Wayne Levi, Joey Sindelar and Mike Goodes are knotted in ninth place at two-under 70.
Fred Couples and last week's winner at the Principal Charity Classic, Jay Haas, headline a group at one-over par.
Roger Chapman, who won the season's first major, the Senior PGA Championship two weeks ago, opened with a two-over 74 on Thursday.
NOTES: Glasson is winless on the Champions Tour, but won seven times on the PGA Tour...Forsman has three victories on the elder circuit and five on the PGA Tour...Peter Senior, who lost to Lehman last year in the playoff, shot a one-under 71.
06/07 19:00:23 ET