Flesch, Smith share PGA Champions Tour lead in Victoria

Steve Flesch and Jerry Smith each shot 7-under 64 on Friday to share the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship.

Flesh is making his 12th senior start after turning 50 in May. The four-time PGA Tour winner had four birdies in a five-hole stretch on Bear Mountain’s Mountain Course and capped the bogey-free round with a birdie on the par-5 18th.

Smith also closed with a birdie and had six birdies in a seven-hole span before bogeying the par-3 14th. He has one senior title.

Charles Schwab Cup points leader Bernhard Langer was a stroke back along with John Daly, David Toms and Jerry Kelly.

Coming off a two-week break, the 60-year-old Langer won three of the tour’s five majors this season and is tied with Scott McCarron for tour victory lead with four.

Daly won the Insperity Invitational in May in Texas for his first senior title, and Kelly took the Boeing Classic three weeks ago outside Seattle for his first tour victory.

Canadian Stephen Ames topped the group at 66.

Defending champion Colin Montgomerie opened with a 70. He won last week outside Tokyo in the 50-and-over tour’s first event in Japan.

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