Bob Lohr, a 4-year PGA Tour player looking for his first victory, shot a 10-under-par 62 Wednesday for a 2-shot lead after the first round of the $700,000 Walt Disney World tournament.
Lohr had 10 birdies and shot 31-31, missing by a stroke both the PGA Tour’s low round this year and Mark Lye’s Palm course record. The Palm is one of three courses played in the 72-hole tournament.
“Today was fun, needless to say,” Lohr said. “I felt like I’d birdied just about every hole.”
Fuzzy Zoeller shot a 64, his best score this year, but found himself in second place.
“That (62) was a marvelous round of golf,” Zoeller said. “Are you sure he played all the way around?”
Zoeller, seeking his first tour victory since 1986, was 8-under-par at the Lake Buena Vista course, the shortest and easiest of the three layouts. Mark Calcavecchia, rookie Jay Don Blake and Mark McCumber all shot 65 on the same course and were tied for third.
Five golfers shot 66s--Chip Beck and Rick Pearson at Lake Buena Vista; Robert Wrenn and Tom Kite at Palm, and David Edwards at Magnolia.
Paul Azinger, Donnie Hammond and Russ Cochran each shot 67s. Nineteen golfers had 68s.
Par was broken by 80 of the 132 entrants.
Lohr started slowly, missing birdie putts of 8, 15 and 18 feet on the first 4 holes. But he knocked two 140-foot wedge shots to within a foot of the cup for birdies, and later made birdie putts of 15, 25 and 15 feet. Lohr birdied all 4 of the par-5 holes and tied his personal best score.