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"I made a bunch of birdies right off the bat," he said. "The first seven holes, I made four birdies. I just happen to make that one oops right there in the middle of it all."
Lehman was cruising along with two birdies in the first four holes when he hit his tee shot into the sand on the fifth hole. He then overshot the green, with the ball bouncing into the water, which required taking a drop in the bunker.
He rebounded with birdies on the next two holes and then tore through the back nine. After making the turn, he sank a 9-foot eagle putt on the par-5 10th and birdied four of the next six holes.
Nick Price, Michael Allen, Phil Blackmar and Dan Forsman shot 66s.
Pavin was another stroke behind, along with two-time champion Hale Irwin, Peter Jacobsen, Bruce Lietzke and Keith Fergus. Defending champion Bernhard Langer, seeking his third straight player of the year title, was at 68.
This year's field of 36 has accounted for 287 PGA Tour titles, including 38 majors. The players include seven members of the World Golf Hall of Fame and 14 major winners.
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