PUEBLA, Mexico — Ed Dougherty, fighting a cold, shot a seven-under-par 65 on Friday for a share of the first-round lead with Bob Eastwood in the Mexico Senior Classic.
"I'm surprised to be here because of how I feel," Dougherty said. "I really hit the ball well. It was just exploding off the club face."
Dougherty eagled the par-five 10th hole after hitting a five-wood approach to five feet.
"I was very lucky considering my condition," said Dougherty, who also had six birdies and a bogey on the scenic Las Vista Country Club Course.
Eastwood, a two-time winner on the senior tour, had seven birdies in a bogey-free round. He needed only 25 putts.
South Africa's Hugh Baiocchi was a stroke back along with Bobby Walzel, Dick Lotz, Walter Hall and Mike McCullough, while Tony Peterson and Steve Veriato shot 69s.