Browne Nielsen Vaughan Top Leaderboard In Iowa 2009: West Des

Browne Nielsen Vaughan top leaderboard in Iowa

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -Just before newcomer Olin Browne teed off with Fuzzy Zoeller on the 16th hole at Glen Oaks Country Club,
Browne joked that it must be the “hole-in-one” spot, considering Zoeller’s miraculous ace there three years ago. Browne then pulled out a 6-iron and stuck his ball within inches of the hole. Welcome to the senior circuit, kid. Browne, who turned 50 last week and is playing his first tournament on the Champions Tour, shot a 4-under 67 to join Iowa native Lonnie Nielsen and Bruce Vaughan atop the leaderboard after the opening round of the Principal Charity Classic. Eleven players are one shot off the lead, including Nick Price, Fred Funk and Tom Kite. “To me, it’s starting over again. But that’s cool. That’s kind of fresh,” said Browne, who won three titles on the PGA Tour. “It’s going to be great.” Indeed it will – if all of Browne’s rounds on the Champions Tour go like they did Friday.
The highlight for Browne, who was paired with Zoeller and Hal Sutton, came on the same hole where, in 2006, Zoeller hit a tee shot that landed on the fringe and somehow rolled into the hole nearly 10 seconds later.

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