Roberts shares lead as Champions Tour returns to Boca Raton

Feb 9, 2007 - 6:04 PM BOCA RATON, Florida (Ticker) -- Loren Roberts is among four players who share the lead during Friday's first round of the $1.6 million Allianz Championship, which marks the return of the Champions Tour to this ritzy area.

Roberts finished second to Gil Morgan in this event a year ago, when it was held in Polk City, Iowa. He is 3-under-par through six holes.

Also at 3-under are David Eger, who has played six holes, and Wayne Levi and John Jacobs, who each have played five holes.

The over-50 circuit is beginning a three-event trek through the Sunshine State with this inaugural event at Broken Sound Club. The tour also stops at Lutz and Naples this month before heading back to the West Coast.

"That was a very important objective for us to get that back on our schedule in south Florida," Champions Tour president Rick George said in advance of the event. "It solidifies what we thought was a great schedule, but it solidifies the early part of the year to play three events in Florida to kick off the mainland events for the Champions Tour."

The last time the Champions Tour stopped here, it was known as the Senior PGA Tour. From 1983-85, the tournament was held under three different names, with Arnold Palmer winning twice before being dethroned by Gary Player, who was making his tour debut.

The return to Boca Raton coincides with the Champions Tour debut of Nick Price, who turned 50 on January 28. Price is 2-under as he makes the turn.

A native of Zimbabwe, Price has 18 career PGA Tour victories, including three majors. But he has not won on the younger circuit since 2002 and made just six of 16 cuts a year ago.

The par-71 Old Course at Broken Sound Club measures 6,749 yards and recently was redesigned.

First prize is $240,000.

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