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Couples fires 6-under 66, takes lead at Fallen Oak
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Fred Couples reacts to a partner's putt in the pro-am of the Northern Trust Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
March 21, 2014, 6:13 pm

SAUCIER, Miss. (AP) Fred Couples shot a 6-under 66 to take a two-shot lead after the first round of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak on Friday.

The 54-year-old Couples continued his run of good play after winning the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, Calif., last weekend. He has also had recent success at Fallen Oak, winning in 2012.

Jeff Maggert shot a 68 in his Champions Tour debut, joining Kenny Perry, David Frost, Jay Haas and last year's tournament champion Michael Allen in second place.

Couples started the day on No. 10 and made five birdies over his first eight holes. It was Couples' 12th straight round in the 60s on the Champions Tour, one shy of the record set by Hale Irwin in 1999.

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