Jerry Kelly chips out of a bunker. UPI/Brian Kersey | License Photo
Jerry Kelly, who will qualify to play on the Champions Tour later this year, is tied for the lead after the first round of the PGA Tour's CareerBuilder Challenge on Thursday in La Quinta, Calif.
Kelly, 49, fired an 8-under-par 64 at La Quinta Country Club, one of three courses in the rotation for the Coachella Valley tournament that was long known as the Bob Hope Classic.
India's Anirban Lahiri also shot a 64 at La Quinta, while Jason Dufner and Jeff Overton each carded 8-under 64s at the Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West.
Four players sharing the tournament's first-round lead is the highest total since five opened at 7-under 65 in 2008.
Kelly's round included two eagles, five birdies and a single bogey.
"We rarely play this golf course with no wind," said Kelly, whose best result in 18 previous entries in the tournament was fifth place in 2002. "The new ones (in the tournament rotation) are a little longer. I figured I needed to get out there and get it while I could and see if I could keep a roll going on the tougher ones. ...
"There were still some long holes out here. In the past, this has been the tough golf course, so it was strange just how the mindset changes when this becomes the so-called easier one and you have to get it. I was able to get it. But normally, this is the toughest one in the rotation. It's just strange."
Colt Knost shot a 65 at the Nicklaus Tournament Course, and he shared fifth place with Jamie Lovemark, who had a 65 at La Quinta.
Canada's Adam Hadwin posted the best score of the day at PGA West's TPC Stadium Course, a 6-under 66 that leaves him tied for seventh with 10 other players.
Lucas Glover, Spencer Levin, Ben Martin and Andrew Loupe all finished at 66 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Ricky Barnes, Michael Thompson, Ben Crane, Blayne Barber, Bryce Molder and defending champion Bill Haas recorded 66s at La Quinta.
Haas is a two-time winner of the event, in 2010, when it was the Bob Hope Classic, and last year, when it was the Humana Challenge. His father, Jay Haas, captured the 1988 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
Phil Mickelson, playing his first event of 2016, shot 68 at La Quinta and is tied for 32nd.