KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Dana Quigley doesn't expect Ed Dougherty to keep up at his current pace. But he knows his friend's lack of tour victories won't cause any confidence problems in the Senior TD Waterhouse championship.
Dougherty, a professional since 1969 who has only one regular and one senior tour victory, shot a 10-under 62 Friday to lead the first round.
"He won't shoot 10-under all three days," said Quigley, the tournament's defending champion. "There were some putts he made today that he won't make tomorrow. But he won't shoot a 73 or 74. He'll be very tough."
With calm winds and soft greens, the 6,929-yard Tiffany Greens layout was anything but tough. After heavy rains Thursday, golfers were also allowed to pick up on the fairway and clean the ball.
Tour rookie Ted Goin was two strokes back of Dougherty at 64, followed by Vincente Fernandez and Quigley at 65. Altogether, 13 golfers were 5-under or better.
"The golf course was there for the taking," said local favorite Tom Watson, who made 6 on both of the first two holes before winding up with a 2-under 70.
Dougherty birdied six of the first seven holes and had his finest round ever as a senior.
"By about dinner time tonight, I'll put today out of my mind and start concentrating on shooting one of the three lowest rounds tomorrow," he said. "You can't just rest on your laurels out here or guys will blow by you like you're standing still."
Dougherty made the turn 6-under 30.
"A few years ago I was 8-under after 11 holes and got rained out," he said. "I really wasn't thinking score. I just wanted to give myself a good birdie opportunity on every hole."
Goin, a Senior Tour rookie who has one top 10 finish in 10 tournaments, sank a 75-foot putt for one of his six birdies on the front nine. Then he holed out a 50-foot chip shot on the par-3 10th.
"I've had problems with my short game in general," he said. "But I hit on something (last week) that felt comfortable. "For two weeks at least it's worked. I feel good."
Larry Ziegler, with his buddy and former Kansas City Royal George Brett serving as caddie, was one of six golfers at 67.
Watson, with by far the biggest gallery, knocked his approach shot on the par-4 second hole over the green into the water and took a 6.
"Horrible start. I missed five of the first six greens and I was 3-over par after two holes. I figured I'd better kick myself in the butt and get going," Watson said. "But I made four birdies in a row so I feel better."
Quigley, who sank a 12-birdie putt on the final hole last year to edge Watson, again appeared to have mastered the gently sloping greens.
"I wish I could take these greens home with me. My putts seem to sink here," Quigley said. "This is my best first round in defense of a title. It should be an exciting weekend."
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