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Gene Sauers leads at Royal Birkdale

Updated: July 25, 2013, 4:43 PM ET
Associated Press

SOUTHPORT, England -- Gene Sauers mastered a stiff breeze to shoot a 3-under 67 Thursday for a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Senior British Open.

The 50-year-old American had all pars on the front nine for a 34 at sunny Royal Birkdale. He then birdied the 10th and bogeyed the 11th. His three successive birdies from the 15th left him at 33 for the back nine.

"I hit a lot of solid shots in the wind, so it didn't really mess with me too much," Sauers said. "I'm really ...

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