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Cary, NC (Sports Network) - Reigning Senior British Open champion Russ Cochran fired a 6-under 66 on Friday to take the first-round lead of the SAS Championship.

Cochran won this title in 2010.

Andrew Magee, Steve Pate, Boeing Classic winner Jay Don Blake and Fred Funk are knotted in second place at 5-under 67 at Prestonwood Country Club.

Defending champion Kenny Perry, who earned his first Champions Tour win here last year, despite the death of his sister Kay on the Saturday night of the tournament, carded a 4-under 68 on Friday.

Perry is tied for sixth place with Bernhard Langer, Gene Sauers, Allen Doyle and Gary Hallberg.

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