Eger leads by one at Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am

Updated: February 16, 2007, 7:24 PM ET
Associated Press

LUTZ, Fla. -- David Eger shot a 4-under 67 in windy and cold conditions Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.

Eger, the former PGA Tour and USGA executive who won the last of his two Champions Tour titles in 2005, had six birdies and two bogeys on the TPC Tampa Bay.

"The score is great. But I wasn't happy with the way I have hit the ball," Eger said. "I hit some good irons, but I didn't hit a lot of good tee shots. It could have been better. ... You have to play aggressively out here. You just can't play conservatively because there are only three rounds."

Tom Wargo opened with a 68, and Hay Haas, Wayne Levi and John Harris shot 69s on the chilly day when temperatures dipped into the low 40s.

Mark O'Meara had a 74 in his first Champions Tour round.

"There was probably a little bit more pressure on me since the last few years there really hasn't been that much pressure," O'Meara said. "The people see me come out here on the Champions Tour and they say, he's won 16 times on the PGA Tour with two majors, and all of a sudden I am thrown back into a pressure situation. Hopefully, I can come out [Saturday] and post a better number."

Nick Price, making his second start of the 50-and-over tour, also opened with a 74.

Eger started early in the morning before the wind kicked up. He birdied the first two holes, hitting an 8-iron to six feet on the first and a 5-iron to six feet on the second.

Eger bogeyed the par-3 sixth but came back with a birdie on the seventh. He had three birdies without a bogey on the back nine, holing an 18-foot putt on 17.

Wargo chipped in for birdie on No. 9 and made a 30-foot putt on the 16th.

"I don't mind this cold weather at all," said Wargo, from Centralia, Ill. "I'm a cold weather player to start with so it doesn't bother me at all. I enjoy this a lot more than the hot weather. Bring it on."

Defending champion Jerry Pate shot a 73, while Mark James, the winner last week in the Allianz Championship, had a 72.


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