Kite shoots record front-nine 28 at U.S. Senior Open

Kite shoots record front-nine 28 at U.S. Senior Open

Tom Kite got out to a blazing start in the first round of the U.S. Senior Open at Indianwood G&CC on Thursday in Lake Orion, Mich, shooting a record front-nine 28 en route to 5-under 65 and the lead.

"If you play well, there are some opportunities out there," Kite said. "But I certainly didn't see any 28s or anything like that."

Kite made five birdies and an eagle in the first half of his round to set a U.S. Golf Association championship scoring record. He needed just 11 putts. On the par-4 fourth hole, he needed zero putts as he holed out a blind approach shot from 155 yards with an 8-iron.

"The people up there (near the green) just started getting louder and louder and louder and louder," he said.  "All of a sudden, arms went up as the ball went in."

The 1992 U.S. Open champion sputtered out on the back nine, however, making eight pars and a double bogey at the par-3 17th. It was an instant reminder that this is a U.S. Open and the host course has some bite.

"It's going to be difficult to do it four days in a row," he said. "This golf course has enough bite in it that it's not going to let the same person get it every day, for sure."

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