Record temperatures made the going extremely tough on the opening day of the 67th US Senior PGA Championship at Oak Tree Golf Club, Oklahoma, but European Seniors Tour member Katsuyoshi Tomori kept his cool better than most to finish three shots off the lead.
The Japanese golfer cancelled out an early birdie with a bogey five at the 440 yard seventh hole but responded by picking up shots at the 13th and 16th to register an opening round of two under par 69.
A shot further back is José Rivero of Spain, winner of the DGM Barbados Open in March, who made the most of the cooler morning conditions by carding a 70 that contained 17 pars and one birdie at the third.
Later in the day, temperatures in Edmond reached 99 degrees and it was probably no surprise that it was a local man, Gil Morgan, who came out on top.
Morgan, a native of Edmond and a member at Oak Tree Golf Club, put his home course knowledge to good use with a brilliant five under par 66 that leads by one from fellow American Peter Jacobsen.
Jay Haas, Loren Roberts and Tom Watson share third spot at three under par followed by a group of six players on two under which contains Tomori, who heads the European Seniors Tour challenge.
Rivero is next at one under, followed by England’s Nick Job at level par and six players at one over – Gordon J Brand of England, Italy’s Giuseppe Cali, Bill Longmuir of Scotland, Englishmen Carl Mason and David J Russell, and Scotland’s Sam Torrance, winner of the Sharp Italian Seniors Open last weekend.