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KISSIMMEE, Florida (Ticker) - Kevin Streelman and Scott Verplank are tied atop the leaderboard at the $4.6 million Children’s Miracle Network Classic.
Both Americans shot an 8-under-par 64 during Thursday’s first round and hold a one stroke lead over three others at the PGA Tour’s final event of the year.
Streelman finished strong with six birdies over the final nine holes to overcome his lone bogey at the fifth.
Verplank posted a bogey-free round and closed with five birdies on the back nine.
Rich Beem and Robert Garrigus are in the clubhouse, one shot of the lead, while Robert Gamez is also 7-under through 15 holes.
Defending champion Stephen Ames, looking for his first win of the season, sits tied for 38th through 13 holes. The Canadian has three birdies without any bogeys and sits 3-under along with 20 other players.
Ames has had a strong season so far with seven top-10 finishes and, with $2,263,397 in earnings this season, has topped the $2 million mark three years in a row.
First prize is $828,000.