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Tom Pernice Jr. Right In Thick Of Things In U.S. Senior Open

Kansas City-native Tom Pernice Jr. fired an opening-round three-under-par 67, tying him for fourth place with four others in the U.S. Senior Open being played in Lake Orion, Mich.


Pernice is two shots back of veteran pro Tom Kite, who set a USGA championship nine-hole record with a score of 28 on the front nine on his way to a five-under 65 for the lead after Thursday’s round.


Kansas City’s Tom Watsonn was at even-par 70 and tied for 29th after the opening round. For Watson, the U.S. Senior Championship serves as a tune up for another major championship next week, the Open Championship at Royal Lytham in Scotland.


Watson has been a runner-up at the Senior Championship three times, but has never won it.