Keeping Score

Par proves to be tough to crack at Senior Players

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker shares lead at 2-under 68 on Firestone’s South Course as 70 of 81 players shoot above par

70: Number of players in the 81-man field who failed to break par in the first round of the Senior Players Championship on Thursday in Akron, Ohio. Firestone Country Club’s South Course, the longtime host of a former PGA Tour stop, yielded only six under-par scores. Steve Stricker, the 2021 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, and fellow Americans Jerry Kelly and Wes Short Jr. shared the lead with Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez and Australia’s Rod Pampling at 2-under 68. England’s Paul Broadhurst, at 69, was the only other player under par. The tournament is one of only two of the Champions Tour’s five major championships to be played this year on a revised 2020 schedule amid the global coronavirus pandemic. The winner will earn a spot in next year’s Players Championship (scores).

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