CARY, N.C. -- Russ Cochran shot an 8-under 64, making six birdies in a seven-hole stretch in the middle of the round and eagling No. 17, to take a one-stroke lead over defending champion Tom Pernice Jr. on Friday in the Champions Tour's SAS Championship.
Cochran, coming off his first victory on the 50-and-over tour two weeks ago in South Korea, had the best first-round score in the history of the tournament.
"I think that's probably the reason I played good today because I've been on a high from the last three or four weeks," Cochran said "I was certainly a little shaky starting off. I had a lot of par saves, so really a lucky round. But I played some really good golf the last 12 or 13 holes."
Pernice had a hole-in-one on the 188-yard 11th hole.
"I hit it right at the hole, and I thought it was going to be short," Pernice said. "I turned away to put my club away, and the next thing I know, they're screaming that it went in the hole. So I didn't get to see it, but that's OK. ... The hole-in-one was great, really got me going. But the save for birdie on 12, since I hit it out there and had a pretty simple shot to reach and missed the green and then got up and down, really, was really the key to the round."