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U.S. Senior Open 2012: Tom Kite Uses Record-Setting Front 9 To Take Clubhouse Lead At 5-Under

The 2012 U.S. Senior Open Championship is underway from the beautiful Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Lake Orion, and 62-year-old Tom Kite currently owns sole possession of the day one lead after posting a 5-under par round of 65.

Kite, who became the first man or woman in a USGA championship to finish 7-under par on a nine hole round on Thursday, carded a remarkable 28 on the par-35 front nine before making the turn. Despite his hot start and string of pars shortly thereafter, the 1992 U.S. Open champ would end up double bogeying the par-3 17th hole, thereby taking a bit of luster off of his impressive afternoon.

“I thought there would be some good scores, and I still think there will be some good scores,” Kite told the Detroit Free Press after his round. “If you play well, there are some opportunities out there, but I certainly didn't see any 28s or anything like that."

Also lurking on the leaderboard is 56-year-old Lance Ten Broeck, who remains hot on Kite's heels after posting a 4-under 66. A number of top players including senior tour ace Corey Pavin are also currently at 3-under par and are still battling it out on the golf course, but it's clear that Kite's unprecedented 28 will go down as the story of day one.

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