LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — J.L. Lewis shot a 10-under 62 for his best start ever on the PGA Tour and a two-shot lead Thursday in the Funai Classic at Disney.
Lewis putted for birdie on every hole and made 11 of them on the Magnolia course to match his career-low round. The only frustration was a 12-footer that lipped out on his 16th hole and a 5-footer that missed badly on the 18th.
Two-time Disney champion John Huston, Mark Hensby and Scott Hend were tied for second with 64s, while two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal was among three at 65.
Vijay Singh got off to a solid start in his bid to win his fourth straight PGA Tour event, which would push him over the $10 million mark this year. He had a bogey-free 66 to finish in a nine-way tie for fourth. Singh has never shot over par in six years at Disney.
Singh already has played 26 tournaments and will finish the year by playing Disney, next week in Tampa (he finished second last year), followed by the season-ending Tour Championship.
"I don't really look at stats and look at how many tournaments I've won," Singh said. "You've got to be really focused on what you're doing. My focus is on this event. I try not to get complacent."
Tiger Woods was in this spot five years ago. A victory in the PGA Championship gave fresh legs to his year, and Woods finished it off in style by returning from a break to win the final three tournaments of the year.
Singh is hardly coming off a break.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: At Sonoma, Calif., Tom Kite shot an 8-under 64, one stroke ahead of Dana Quigley for the first-round lead at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Kite and Quigley played outstanding first rounds amid the standing water at Sonoma Golf Course on the first day of the tour's season-ending event. The winner gets $435,000 and the winner of the season-long Schwab Cup competition takes home a $1 million annuity.
Hale Irwin, in third place with a 6-under 66, leads the Schwab Cup standings by 39 points over Craig Stadler, who matched Morris Hatalsky and Jose Maria Canizares in fourth place at 4 under.
While Quigley played bogey-free golf and Kite cruised with two exceptional long putts, Irwin struggled to keep up, making six par saves. Players praised the revamped Sonoma course, but bemoaned the standing water still left over from Tuesday's rainstorm.
MADRID OPEN: At Madrid, Spain, Julien Clement of Switzerland birdied five of the last seven holes for a 7-under 64 and the first-round lead at the Madrid Open. Johan Edfors of Sweden and Terry Price of Australia were tied for second, two shots behind. Colin Montgomerie bogeyed two of the first three holes, but three straight birdies starting at the 11th helped him finish at 3 under for the day. Trevor Immelman, taken to the hospital Wednesday after an allergic reaction to a bee sting, was at 67.