Donald, a Nonwinner in Nine Years, Is First-Round Leader

Associated Press

Mike Donald, seeking his first victory in nine PGA seasons, shot a five-under-par 67 Thursday to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the $800,000 Independent Insurance Agent Open.

Donald birdied three of the first four holes he played, sinking putts of 25, 12 and 15 feet on the 10th, 12th and 13th holes of the soggy, wind-swept 7,045-yard course.

Brad Faxon recovered from a bogey on his first hole to shoot a 68, matching Mike Hulbert.