ENDICOTT – It took nine holes from Kevin Sutherland to go from afterthought to the top of the leaderboard at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.

Sutherland shot a sizzling 9-under 28 on his front nine to get to 10 under and take a three-shot lead early Saturday afternoon at En-Joie Golf Course.

The Champions Tour rookie, who opened with a 71 on Friday, didn’t make his first par until missing about a 12-footer for birdie on the 9th hole. He had made seven birdies and an eagle, that coming on the par-5 fifth hole.

The Champions Tour 18-hole record is 60, held by multiple golfers.

Tied for second at 7 under were Scott Hoch, Mark O’Meara, Olin Browne and John Cook. Browne and Cook have not yet begun their second rounds.

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