Tom Lehman, David Frost and Hal Sutton shot 8-under-par 63s on a sweltering day to share the first-round lead of the St. Jude Classic in Memphis.
Defending champion Nick Price, Clarence Rose, Jimmy Green and Phil Blackmar were a shot back yesterday. Curtis Strange was in a group at 65 and 1997 champion Greg Norman and Paul Azinger were among those who shot 66.
Sergio Garcia, the 19-year-old Spanish prodigy, was forced to withdraw and underwent minor surgery when an abscess developed above his left eye. He is expected to recover in time to play in the Irish Open next month.
For Lehman, the 63 actually was disappointing. He was 9 under through 14 holes, and acknowledged thinking about shooting a 59.
"I thought, `I'm hitting the ball pretty well. With four holes to play, I can make three birdies,' " said Lehman, who has not won on the PGA Tour since 1996.
Instead, he made par the next three holes and had his only bogey after pulling his drive and leaving his second shot on a downhill lie behind the green.
"I hate to bogey the last hole," he said. "You always think it would be nice to finish with a par or birdie rather than bogey. But from the standpoint of my golf game, I think today was a good step in the right direction."
LPGA: Jean Zedlitz, benefiting from a bit of tinkering with her golf swing, opened with a 4-under-par 68 to join Michele Redman in the lead of the Rochester International in Rochester, N.Y.
"It's now all starting to come together," said Zedlitz, who until recent weeks had fared poorly on tour since 1995. "If you get stuck in a rut, you lose confidence. . . . Things are looking up right now."
Meg Mallon, Michelle McGann and Canada's Dawn Coe-Jones were among 10 players two shots off the pace at 2 under. One shot further back on the crowded leader board were 17 players, notably Dale Eggeling.
She three-putted from 33 feet for an opening bogey at the tree-lined Locust Hill course, but her touch on the greens was good from then on. She dropped a 32-foot birdie putt on No. 14 and a 21-foot eagle putt on No. 17.