The threesome of George Burns, Scott Hoch and Tim Norris all birdied Congressional's vaunted par-4, 465-yard 18th hole in yesterday's opening round.

Hoch made birdie first with a 20-foot putt. Burns, who two holes earlier had a hole in one, made an 18-foot putt on almost the same line. Norris then tapped in a two-foot putt.

Hal Sutton, the Tournament Players champion, almost made double-eagle on the 554-yard, par-5 15th hole en route to 73. Sutton's fairway wood second shot propelled the ball onto the green, and it rolled past the cup and stopped two feet away.

Sutton tapped in the putt for eagle 3. Counting Burns' ace, which statistically counted as an eagle, a total of five eagles were recorded yesterday; Masahiro Kuramoto (15th hole) and Ray Stewart and John Fought (10th hole) had the others.

Fred Gibson of Washingtonian had to putt with his wedge on the 14th hole after he left his putter on the previous hole. Had Gibson waited for his caddie to retrieve the club, he likely would have been penalized for slow play.

Gibson made a four-foot par putt and had the putter by the time he reached the next green.

Brian Staveley led the local contingent with 71, followed by amateur Marty West (74), amateur Olin Browne (77), Woody FitzHugh (77), Lee Elder (79), Gary Marlowe (79), Brad Pritchard (79), Rick Hughes (80), Jay Lindner (80), Clem King (80), Mike Wynn (83), Bill Calfee (84) and Mark Guttenberg (87).