Durant, who celebrated his 50th birthday last month to
qualify for the over-50s Champions Tour, carded a six-under-par
65 on the Harbor Shores course, finishing one ahead of
compatriot Dan Forsman.
"I played very well today," Durant told reporters after totaling
seven birdies and a sole bogey in only his third start on the
Champions Tour. "With no wind, the course is perfect for
"The greens are at a good pace where you can be aggressive.
Obviously that can change over the next three days, but it was
Fellow American Brad Faxon was alone in third after returning a
67 on a sunny but mainly cool day in the second of the year's
five major championships for senior golfers.
Kenny Perry, who clinched last week's Regions Tradition in
Alabama and is bidding to win his fourth consecutive major on
the Champions Tour, opened with a 70.
"Any time you can ever shoot under par in a major, you've done a
good job," said the 53-year-old American.
"I was very pleased with my round today, even though I bogeyed
the last hole with an eight‑iron in my hand."
(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by
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