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Friday, July 8, 2011
Russ Cochran leads at First Tee Open

Associated Press

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Russ Cochran made six consecutive birdies and shot a 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead at the First Tee Open on Friday.

Cochran had seven birdies overall and played a bogey-free round in his return to the Champions Tour after suffering a wrist injury that led to a two-month layoff. Cochran was only 1 under through 11 holes before going on his run of birdies at the Pebble Beach Golf Links.

David Eger is one shot back at 66, followed by Brad Bryant, Morris Hatalsky and Jim Thorpe at 67. Ten others are tied at 68.

Defending tournament champion Ted Schulz struggled all afternoon and is at 1 over 73.