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Micah Rudosky of Cortez battles at cut line in Senior PGA

Micah Rudosky of Cortez is within striking distance of making the cut after 18 holes at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championships in Benton Harbor, Michigan. (Durango Herald file photo)
Conquistador pro shoots 3-over-par 74 in opening round of Senior PGA Championships

Through 18 holes of the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championships, the cut line is in sight.

And Cortez club professional Micah Rudosky looks to add another feat to a storied career – making the cut at a PGA major.

At Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Rudosky sits within striking distance of the cut after an opening-round 74 placed him in a tie for 102nd place.

After a year in which Rudosky battled a tough course at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to finish 13 over par in the 2021 Senior PGA Championships – his Senior PGA Championship debut –Rudosky enjoyed a much more successful opening round at Harbor Shores.

Rudosky opened with four consecutive pars to begin his afternoon round before getting into red numbers for the first time with a birdie on the par-5 fifth hole.

Bogies on six and eight pushed him to make the turn at 1-over par, but a white-hot start to the back nine saw him climb the leaderboard again. Rudosky picked up his second birdie of the day on the par-5 10th hole and backed it up with a birdie on 12 to get to 1 under.

However, a string of four consecutive bogies on holes 13 through 16 dropped him to 3-over par. A pair of pars to wrap up the day kept Rudosky within striking distance heading into Friday's second round.

He'll tee up his second round at 9:09 Eastern time, beginning with the back nine, with the ambition of pulling himself into contention to make the top half of the field and play over the weekend.

After Round 1, Bob Estes of the United States and Steven Alker of New Zealand sat atop the leaderboard at 7-under par. Canadian Mike Weir and American Paul Claxton were one stroke back.