Bruce Lietzke birdied three of his final five holes and shot 65 to take the first-round lead of the $350,000 Anheuser-Busch Classic today at Kingsmill.

Calvin Peete and Bill Rogers shot 66.

Lietzke, who played poorly at last week's British Open, where he missed the cut with rounds of 77 and 78, hit into water and took his lone bogey at the par-5 third hole.

"It possibly could have been a 63 if I could play the third hole again," Lietzke said. "I haven't had that good a ball-hitting round this year."

Lietzke played the back nine first, in two-under-par 33. He then reached four under par with 15-foot birdie putts on Nos. 1 and 2.

He was in good position to reach the 514-yard third hole in two, but hooked his four-iron second shot into a lake left of the green. He took a penalty drop, pitched his fourth shot 12 feet from the hole, missed the putt and took bogey.

He got that stroke back two holes later, hitting a six-iron to within six feet of the par-3 hole and making the birdie putt. Just off the par-5 seventh hole in two, Lietzke chipped up and sank an 18-inch putt for another birdie. He culminated the fine round by striking a nine-iron approach shot eight feet from the cup and sinking the putt on the 402-yard ninth hole for a back nine of 32.

Bruce Douglass was alone at 67.

Seventy-year-old Sam Snead, who drew some of the biggest crowds, triple-bogeyed the par-4 fourth hole (his 13th) and finished with 79. Snead, winner of 85 tournaments, had the crowd buzzing earlier when he chipped into the hole for birdie on the par-3 13th hole, then sank an eight-foot birdie putt at 16.

Fred Funk and Lee Elder led the six-man Washington-area contingent with 72s. Funk took a triple bogey on the par-4 ninth hole and Elder bogeyed his final hole. Scores of other area players: Tony DeLuca 74, Al Morton 75, Woody FitzHugh 78, Fred Gibson 76.