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Estaban Toledo, Gene Sauers shoot 9-under 63 to lead PGA Tour Champions

Gene Sauers watches his second shot on the

Gene Sauers watches his second shot on the 14th hole during the first round of the Champions Tour American Family Insurance Championship at University Ridge Golf Course on June 24, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin. Credit: Getty Images / Hunter Martin

MADISON, Wis. — Estaban Toledo and Gene Sauers each shot 9-under 63 on Friday to share the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ inaugural American Family Insurance Championship.

Toledo made five straight birdies on his first nine at University Ridge, added three more on Nos. 1, 2 and 4 and capped his bogey-free round with another on the par-5 ninth. The 53-year-old Mexican player won the Allianz Championship in February for his fourth senior title.

Sauers also closed his bogey-free round with a birdie on No. 9. Also 53, the three-time PGA Tour winner has successfully fought the rare skin condition Stevens-Johnson syndrome to continue his career. He has four runner-up finishes in 81 career starts on the 50-and-over tour.

Fran Quin was a stroke back, making six birdies in an eight-hole stretch that ended on the par-5 16th.

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