LA QUINTA, Calif., Jan. 16 (UPI) --
On a typical day of low scoring in the California desert, Jay Haas
and Brandel Chamblee each carded a 9-under-par 63 Wednesday to share the lead after the opening round of the five-day Bob Hope
Eight others shot 64, including world No. 2 Phil Mickelson and Jerry Kelly, who won last week's Sony Open in Hawaii.
Included in a group of seven players to shoot 65 were reigning Rookie of the Year Charles Howell III, 1998 Player of the Year Mark O'Meara and former U.S. Open champion Corey Pavin.
Also shooting 65 was J.P. Hayes, who is winless since 1998 but tied the PGA Tour record by making eight straight birdies at Tamarisk Country Club.
The other courses in the rotation are the host Palmer Course, Bermuda Dunes and Indian Wells. Lots of birdies were recorded at every course as 76 of 128 players cracked 70 and 100 broke par.
En route to last year's title, Joe Durant set a handful of PGA Tour marks, including the lowest 90-hole total (324) and a pair of records in relation to par -- 29-under after 72 holes and 36-under after 90 holes.
© 2002 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.