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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Hurricanes Jerseys From China . -- Jeff Sluman and Fred Couples are hoping for more days like Thursday, when the wind was down and the rain and bogeys stayed away. Sluman birdied No. 17 en route to a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead over Couples after the first round in the Regions Tradition, the second of five Champions Tour majors. Sluman, who had eight birdies, and Couples both had their only bogeys on No. 16 at Shoal Creek. The Legends of Golf winner with Brad Faxon in April, Sluman matched his best opening round score on the Champions Tour. Sluman knows the game can shift as swiftly as the weather, which cleared up in time for the round after nearly two inches of rain from Wednesday afternoon into the early morning. "The greens are very fast out there, but theyre as good as weve seen all year certainly, or the last five years that I can remember," he said. "They were just perfect speed and I was getting the ball to the hole. "On days like today, it feels like its easy and then sometimes you come out the next day and it feels like an alien took over your body. I hope that doesnt happen to me (Friday)." Couples, the Presidents Cup captain and World Golf Hall of Famer, made a 20-foot eagle putt on the par-5 sixth hole and a 30-footer for birdie on the next hole. His only blemish was a bogey on the par-3 16th when he overshot the green and landed just into the line of spectators. The 1992 Masters winner has had a whirlwind few weeks, visiting the White House recently as Presidents Cup captain, playing two rounds with Tiger Woods last week at the PGA Tours Memorial and getting inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in May. Couples said his golf has been "fair" but called the rest of the year "truly fun." He has endured a memorably bad experience at Shoal Creek. Couples had four consecutive bogeys to blow a one-stroke lead after 12 holes in the 1990 PGA Championship and lost by three strokes to Wayne Grady. Couples still likes the course and finished fourth at the Tradition last year. "I didnt play well at all a couple years ago and then last year I had a good last round to move my way up there," he said. "But I never really had a shot at beating Tom (Lehman). I think I shot a 7 under the last round so I was not even really a factor but at least it felt like I could shoot another good round here. I played really well (Thursday)." Duffy Waldorf and Peter Senior shot 67, and Mark Calcavecchia, Michael Allen, David Frost and Corey Pavin followed at 68. Two-time defending champion Lehman was one of 11 players with a 69 Couples got in 14 holes during the rain-shortened pro-am on Wednesday. "The fairways were the best theyve ever been here for the three years, and the greens took a little bit of water (Wednesday) night that you never saw," he said. "If you were in the rough, you could get the ball on the green. Obviously it made the course play a little easier." Sluman had few complaints, He nearly managed to save par on 16 and then hit a sand wedge to about 3 1/2 feet on No. 17 to take the lead. "Relatively speaking, it was a dead-straight putt, the kind of putt youre supposed to make if youve got your name on the bag," said Sluman, who came within inches of a closing birdie. Waldorf had five birdies on the final eight holes after finishing the first 10 at even par. He said he missed several 10-foot birdie chances but recovered with a nice bunker shot to set up birdie on No. 11 and a 50-footer for another one at the next hole. "It was almost like I felt like I was prepared for the course and everything, but then two inches of rain came or however much rain came (Wednesday) evening," Waldorf said. "It kind of felt like I was feeling the course out again as far as how the ball was rolling, how the greens were running and all that." Lehman said "brutal putting" prompted him to switch to a cross-handed grip on No. 8 that hed been practicing with for the last month, and he had three birdies and a bogey after that. "Frustration and I didnt feel like I had a chance to make it," Lehman said. "You know how it is when you just feel like you just cant make the putt. I had no confidence so I just changed my grip up and felt more comfortable." Hurricanes Jerseys Outlet .ca NFL Power Rankings, overtaking the Denver Broncos and remaining ahead of NFC competition San Francisco, Carolina and New Orleans. Womens Hurricanes Jerseys .Y. -- Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Wednesday that J. . The Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays, and Texas Rangers all won on Sunday meaning the Rangers will host the Rays in a play-in game on Monday. The friendship between Sydney FC and Melbourne City captains Alex Brosque and Bruno Fornaroli will be on hold for Wednesday nights FFA Cup final.In one sense, its an unlikely mateship that the two duelling skippers share, given they live in different cities and lead warring clubs.But their Uruguayan blood meant Brosque sought out the goalscoring revelation when he landed in Australia and a camaraderie grew.Meeting on Tuesday, Brosque offered Fornaroli a big hug, which the City man almost leaped into.Their friendship is typical of the relationship between the two clubs, which barely approaches a rivalry.Coaches Graham Arnold and John van t Schip shared jokes alongside their captains.Perhaps theyve bonded over a shared loathing of Melbourne Victory, or perhaps its the player movement between the two sides.Sydney FC defenders Alex Wilkinson and Michael Zullo moved north at the end of last season with Citys blessing as van t Schip renovated his squad.Injured winger Corey Gamerio spent two years with Sydney, while goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis also had a spell with the Sky Blues.Animosities are everrywhere in the 10-team A-League, but it seems not between these two sides. Youth Hurricanes Jerseys. A fight at executive level over Citys desire to switch to sky blue kits might be the most strain shown between the two.Fornaroli praised his former teammate Wilkinson, who was likely to stand against the Uruguayan at AAMI Park.Hes a fantastic player - a very good defender, he said.But I never think too much about other players. I try to play my game, our game.Tomorrow is one game to play with joy.Its an important game, the first final. We need to play jovially to play good.Brosque, 33, said his longevity in the game taught him of the importance of relishing major moments such as this.You probably appreciate it more as you get older, he said.Ive played in finals before and they come and you dont notice and they pass you by.I know Im not going to be around for too much longer so Im definitely enjoying it a bit more.Hopefully, theres another one at the end of the year to play for. 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