PGA tour veteran Jim Colbert shot a six-under-par 66 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead in the first round of the $300,000 Greater Milwaukee Open golf tournament.
Colbert, who won the event in 1972 on another course, had six birdies and no bogeys at hilly and wet Tuckaway Country Club in nearby Franklin, a 7,010-yard layout.
A dozen golfers were tied for second at 68, including Bill Kratzert, who won the 1980 event at Tuckaway.
Jack Nicklaus, playing in this tournament for the first time as a professional, had problems on No. 18 and No. 9, and wound up with a 70.
He three-putted from the back fringe for a bogey on No. 18 and double-bogeyed No. 9 when he drove in the rough, then squirted a 3-iron into trees to the right of the green. It took him two to reach the green from there, and then he two-putted.
Nicklaus was joined in this tournament by his 23-year-old son, Jack Nicklaus II. The younger Nicklaus, an amateur, shot an 80 to start his second PGA tournament.
Nonplaying captain Lee Trevino nominated Curtis Strange and Mark O’Meara to lead off for the United States in today’s opening action of the biennial Ryder Cup matches at Sutton Coldfield, England.
Strange and O’Meara will oppose the Spanish pair of Seve Ballesteros and Manuel Pinero. Three other foursomes will compete in the morning session, in which each member of each two-man team plays alternate strokes on the same ball.
Four four-ball matches, in which scoring is based on the better ball of each two-man team, are scheduled in the afternoon.
Alexandra Reinhardt and Stephanie Farwig played through blustery winds and shot five-under-par 67s to share the first-round lead of a $200,000 LPGA tournament at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent, Wash. They were one shot ahead of rookie Penny Hammel.