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Late birdie pushes Jeff Sluman to top

Updated: June 6, 2013, 7:02 PM ET
Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Jeff Sluman and Fred Couples are hoping for more days like Thursday, when the wind was down and the rain and bogeys stayed away.

Sluman birdied No. 17 en route to a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead over Couples after the first round in the Regions Tradition, the second of five Champions Tour majors.

Sluman, who had eight birdies, and Couples both had their only bogeys on No. 16 at Shoal Creek.

The Legends of Golf winner with Brad Faxon in April, Sluman matched ...

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