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Despite late misstep, Darren Clarke paces Regions Tradition

Northern Irishman shoots 6-under 66 for 1-stroke advantage after 1st round of Champions Tour’s Regions Tradition

6: Number of strokes under par that Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke stood Thursday in leading the first round of the Champions Tour’s Regions Tradition in Birmingham, Ala. After having started on the back nine at Greystone Golf and Country Club, Clarke birdied the par-3 seventh hole, his 16th of the day, to stand 7 under with two to play. A three-putt bogey from the fringe at the par-4 eighth trimmed a stroke from his lead, and he ultimately signed for 66. Clarke, 52, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour who won 11 more times on his home European Tour, is best known for his 2011 British Open victory at Royal St. George’s. He has won twice on the 50-and-older tour in the past six months, most recently in January at the Mitsubishi Electric event in Hawaii. Canadian Stephen Ames and American Jerry Kelly shared second place at 67. Steve Stricker, the captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team, shot 68 and shared fourth place with Canada’s Mike Weir, who won last week’s Insperity Invitational, and German Alex Cejka. (For 1st-round scores, click here.)

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