Four share lead in Mississippi

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Updated: March 22, 2013

Hal Sutton and Corey Pavin carded matching 3-
under 69s on Friday to grab a share of the lead after the first round of the
Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

The former U.S. Ryder Cup captains were joined in the lead by Steve Elkington
and Roger Chapman, who won a pair of majors last year.

Another major champion from last year, Joe Daley, is one of six players at
minus-2. He stands alongside Michael Allen, Fred Funk, David Frost, Mark
O’Meara and Olin Brown.

Defending champion Fred Couples opened with an even-par 72 at Fallen Oak Golf
Club. He is tied for 23rd after the opening round.

Sutton, who doesn’t have a top-10 finish since August 2011, parred the first
five holes. He two-putted for birdie on the sixth and sank a 6-footer at the
eighth to make the turn at minus-2.

The 54-year-old birdied three of the first four holes, all from inside 15
feet, around the turn to jump into the lead at 5-under. Sutton’s run of
birdies stopped when he bogeyed the par-3 14th.

After three pars in a row, Sutton also stumbled to a bogey at the last to end
at minus-3.

“I was pleased with today’s round. I haven’t played very well. I’ve been
trying to correct some bad habits that I had from that bad hip, and today was
progress,” Sutton stated. “I hit the ball solidly and the wind was a little
bit tricky at times out there because it was up and down and wasn’t really
moving around a whole lot, but it would gust up and then it would lay down
completely and then it would be back up. And that always makes for some
uncertainty in your head.”

Pavin started on the back nine and bogeyed two of his first four holes. He got
one stroke back with a birdie at the par-5 15th, but parred the next three to
make the turn at 1-over.

The reigning Allianz Championship winner birdied the par-5 first to get back
to even-par. Pavin parred four in a row from the second, then drained three
straight birdies from the sixth to gain a piece of the lead.

Elkington, who has two top-10 finishes in his first four tour starts, also
started on the back nine. He had a bogey at the 13th and a birdie at 18 to
turn at even-par.

The Champions Tour rookie tripped to a bogey at the second. Elkington poured
in four consecutive birdies from the sixth to jump to 3-under.

Chapman started with five pars in a row. He then traded a birdie for a bogey
from the sixth.

The Senior PGA and U.S. Senior Open champion birdied the par-5 13th. He
followed a birdie on No. 15 with another at the 16th to join the fray at
minus-3.

Bernhard Langer is among 12 players tied for 11th at 1-under 71.