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"I didn't like my chances there," Kim said. "I was looking right at the water and looked like the sand was pretty soft. So if I didn't hit it perfectly, it's going to be in one of those two spots."
Stadler, Taylor and Driscoll said they fed off each other, and they finished with six birdies apiece.
Taylor birdied five of his first eight holes, sinking a 47-fooer on No. 3 and a 23-footer on No. 6. Driscoll made the turn at 2 under, then birdied three of his first five holes on the back nine to move within a shot of Taylor's lead.
Stadler then surged to 6 under with four straight birdies on the back nine. He settled for a 67 after a bogey on the last hole.
The water-lined, 472-yard 18th was the hardest hole in the first round, playing to a 4.413-stroke average.
Defending champion Paul Casey withdrew Thursday morning because of a left shoulder injury. The 32-year-old Englishman called it "just a one-week thing" and won't keep him out of next week's Masters.
Vijay Singh withdrew with a back injury after playing nine holes, the third time in three weeks that he's pulled out of a tournament.
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