Brad Bryant and Tom Purtzer used a strong back nine Friday to fire a 12-under 60 and take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Legends of Golf.

The tournament, which is the second-oldest Champions event behind the Senior PGA Championship, uses a two-man better-ball format, and Bryant and Purtzer made the most of it Friday.

They birdied seven holes on the back nine and eight of their final 10 overall.

That run was enough for Bryant and Purtzer to claim the lead ahead of four groups sharing second at 10-under. Michael Allen and David Frost; Russ Cochran and Kenny Perry; Brad Faxon and Jeff Sluman; and Bruce Fleisher and Tom Jenkins all shot 62.

Defending champions David Eger and Mark McNulty are six shots off the pace, tied for 21st after carding six-under 66.