Jay Don Blake leads Senior Players Championship

Jay Don Blake leads Senior Players Championship

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 12:13 p.m. ET

FLOURTOWN, Pa. (AP) Jay Don Blake birdied three of the last five holes Thursday at windy Philadelphia Cricket Club for a 2-under 70 and the first-round lead in the Constellation Senior Players Championship.

Blake had five birdies and three bogeys in windy conditions on the A.W. Tillinghast-designed Wissahickon Course.

The 57-year-old Blake won the last of his three senior titles in 2012. He won at Torrey Pines in 1991 for his lone PGA Tour victory.

Vijay Singh bogeyed the par-4 18th to fall a stroke back along with Jeff Sluman, Brandt Jobe and Bart Bryant. Colin Montgomerie topped the group at 70 in the third of the PGA Tour Champions' five majors.


Two-time defending champion Bernhard Langer bogeyed three of his last four holes for a 71. The German star won in 2014 at Fox Chapel in Pittsburgh and last year at Belmont in Massachusetts.

Tom Watson, at age 66, also opened with a 71. John Daly had a 76.