Blake leads Allianz Championship

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BOCA RATON, FL - Jay Don Blake fired an eight-under 64 on Friday to take the first-round lead of the Allianz Championship, the first full-field event of 2011 on the Champions Tour.

Tom Lehman, last year's Senior PGA Champion and runner-up at the elite-fielded season-opener, posted a seven-under 65.

Scott Simpson, Peter Senior, Tom Jenkins and Jeff Sluman each carded rounds of six-under 66 and are tied for third place at The Old Course at Broken Sound Club.

They are all chasing a journeyman on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour. Blake won just once on the big tour in 1991 and has yet to visit the winner's circle on the elder circuit. His best finish on the Champions Tour was a tie for third at last year's Senior Open Championship.

Blake started on the 10th tee Friday and immediately got into red figures with a birdie at No. 10. He parred 11, but rattled off back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13.

After a pair of pars, Blake once again collected consecutive birdies, this time at the par-three 16th and the par-four 17th. Blake parred the par-five closing hole, but after the turn, he birdied the par-five first to get to six- under par for the championship.

Blake parred four in a row after the birdie at one. He got into first with a birdie at the par-five sixth and finished off his round with a birdie at the par-four ninth.

This was Blake's second first-round lead on the Champions Tour. The first was the same Senior Open Championship where he tied for third.

Chien Soon Lu, Nick Price, Mike Reid, David Frost, Rod Spittle, Larry Mize and Joe Daley are tied for seventh place at five-under 67.

Defending champion Bernhard Langer, who holed out from a bunker for an eagle last year to defeat John Cook in a playoff, shot a four-under 68 and is part of a group tied for 14th.

NOTES: Blake won only once in his PGA Tour career and that came back in 1991...The season began with a small field at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship and Cook won that title...Cook managed a one-under 71 and is tied for 44th, but his streak of rounds in the 60s is over. It was at 12, which matched the second-longest in Champions Tour history...Olin Browne aced the eighth hole en route to a three-under 69...Jim Colbert teed off for the 500th time on the Champions Tour and shot a three-over 75...Ronnie Black withdrew on Friday.


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