Tolles leads Champions playoff opener

(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Tommy Tolles closed with a birdie for a 7-under 65 and the first-round lead Friday in the Dominion Energy Charity Classic, the first of three tournaments in the Charles Schwab Cup playoffs.

The 52-year-old Tolles had seven birdies in the bogey-free round in cool, breezy conditions on The Country Club of Virginia's James River Course.

"First really good round of the year," Tolles said. "I don't know what I was saving it for, but for the most part, the whole year has just been a write-off, but that right there was something different.

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