Leaderboard is crowded, shifting during first round of 3M Championship

August 3, 2018

Scores arent as low as theyve been in past editions of the 3M Championship not yet anyway. But that doesnt mean there isnt drama brewing on the leaderboard at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine.

The 26th and final edition of the 50-and-over golf event is proving to be a crowded affair at the top. Joey Sindelar posted the clubhouse lead at with a 4-under-par 68. As of 3:30 p.m. that was good for second place, a shot behind 5 under par scores by Mike Small (through 11 holes) Jerry Smith (12), Wes Short Jr. (through 16) and Larry Mize (17).

Six other players on the course were at 4 under. Another 11 players were at 3 under.

The Round 1 lead at the 3M Championship has been 7 under or better every year since 2007, a year after Andy Beans 5 under held up for a one-shot margin over five players. The winning score that year, 12 under by David Edwards, is the second-highest total since the tournament moved to the TPC in 2001.

Minnesota native Tom Lehman pleased his gallery following with a birdie on the first hole, then rattled off eight consecutive pars before another birdie at the 10th to get to 2 under. Hes through 12 holes.

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