Mark O'Meara hit one out of bounds. Tim Simpson said he was playing at "only about 80 percent" efficiency.

Despite those problems, the two remained in a tie today -- and on a record-breaking pace -- through three rounds of the five-day, 90-hole Bob Hope Classic at Indian Wells, Calif.

"I definitely left four or five shots out there," Simpson said after a 6-under-par 66 at Indian Wells, the shortest and easiest of the four desert courses used for the first four rounds of the tournament.

Despite a penalty shot on the par-5 13th at La Quinta, O'Meara also recorded a 66 and is tied with Simpson at 197, 17 strokes under par.

With two rounds to go, some record numbers are a distinct possibility.

The PGA Tour record for 90 holes is 27 under, shared by Lanny Wadkins and Craig Stadler in this tournament in 1985.

"In my career, I don't think I've ever seen courses in such immaculate condition, he said. "I definitely think 60 can be broken this week."

That's been accomplished only once in tour history, by Al Geiberger at Memphis in 1977.

Blaine McCallister made the best run at it this day -- a 63 at La Quinta that leaves him two shots off the pace at 199.

"Hey, I'm shooting 63 and I'm 17 under par for three days I'm in third place and I'm wondering what's going on," McCallister said.


Bob Charles, Frank Beard and Bob Brue each shot a 4-under-par 68 to share the first-round lead in the Suncoast Classic in Tampa. Charles won the tournament in 1989.

Orville Moody, Bobby Nichols and Walt Zembriski shot 69s on the 6,631-yard Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club course. Nine others are at 70, including defending champion Mike Hill, 1988 winner Dale Douglass and Lee Trevino.


Beth Daniel, who earlier said she'd be shocked to be in contention this week, carded a 5-under-par 67 for a one-stroke first-round lead in the Phar-Mor Classic in Lauderhill, Fla.

Daniel, 1990 player of the year, is making her first start this season.

Tied for second at 68 on the 6,286-yard East course at Inverrary Country Club are Colleen Walker and Japan's Hiromi Kobayashi.