Senior PGA Championship - Round One (Getty Images)
European legends Bernhard Langer and Ian Woosnam lie just two strokes off the pace following the first round of the US Seniors PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club.
The two Ryder Cup winning Captains both shot one over par rounds of 71 in the first Seniors Major of 2008 to sit among a group of nine players in tied fourth place, behind leader Jay Hass of the USA who is on one under par.
Haas’s fellow Americans Jeff Sluman and Bill Britton are a shot behind the leader in tied second place on level par after the first round was played in difficult conditions on the Donald Ross designed course following morning rain.
Germany’s Langer, who came into the tournament as one of the favourites for the title as leader of the US Champions Tour Money List, bogeyed the second hole and then also dropped a shot on the eighth. He then picked up birdies on the 11th and 14th before another dropped shot on the 17th hole saw him drop back to one over par.
Welshman Woosnam, who is playing in his first season on the European Seniors Tour, started with a bogey before carding two birdies and then dropping two more shots on the back nine, including a bogey on the last hole.
Argentine Eduardo Romero is another player in the pack on one over par while defending Champion Denis Watson of Zimbabwe, who became a Member of the European Seniors Tour after lifting the trophy last year, is a shot behind them on two under par along with Greg Norman of Australia.