AKRON, Ohio — Steve Stricker birdied the final hole for a 2-under 68 and a share of the lead Thursday in the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship, the PGA Tour Champions’ first major of the season.
“Didn’t hit it all that good, though. I scraped it around, got it up-and-down a lot,” Stricker said. “But a good score certainly.”
Jerry Kelly, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Wes Short Jr. and Rod Pampling joined Stricker atop the leaderboard on Firestone Country Club’s South Course, the longtime site of a PGA Tour event and later a World Golf Championship tournament.
“I have fond memory here,” Jimenez said. “I played many, many times WGC tournament here on this golf course. … The golf course is fast and is a nice way to play the golf course.”
Stricker had three birdies and a bogey.
“You’re rewarded when you hit good shots and you’re not when you hit bad ones,” the U.S. Ryder Cup captain said. “So it’s a fair course right in front of you.”
Paul Broadhurst was the only other player to break par, shooting 69.