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 Desert Classic.
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.