Nelson struggles at Senior Open

Kirk Nelson of Kihei shot a 10-over-par 80 in the opening round of the U.S. Senior Open on Thursday at Omaha, Neb.

Jay Don Blake, Michael Allen, Kenny Perry, Gary Hallberg, Tom Lehman, Mark O’Meara and Fred Funk are tied for the lead at 3-under 67.

Nelson, 53, made the field as an alternate qualifier after Allen Doyle withdrew.

Nelson was a first alternate after losing on the second hole of a playoff with Kevin Hayashi of the Big Island during a qualifier at Honolulu Country Club on June 18.

Nelson is a professional at Elleair Maui Golf Club.