As is usuaul with the FedEx St Jude Classic, scores were low and conditions were perfect, allowing three players to tie for the first day lead.
David Toms, David Peoples and Joe Ogilvie shot 6-under-par 65s in near-perfect conditions yesterday to head the pack in Memphis.
Peoples had his lowest round this year, but missed a chance to take sole possession of the lead when he three-putted from 15 feet on his final hole.
Chris DiMarco, Notah Begay III, Scott Hoch and Bob May opened with 66s on the Tournament Players Club at Southwind course. Local favorite Loren Roberts, Russ Cochran, Joe Durant, Steve Pate and Carl Paulson fired 67s.
Peoples hit 15 greens in regulation and grabbed his share of the lead with four straight birdies to start his back nine. He started the string by running in a 50-foot uphill putt, then wrapped it up with a couple of tap-ins.
His round could have been even better, but he missed a 7-footer for birdie on No. 10 and a 6-footer on No. 13.
Ogilvie benefited from a change in his putting stance that moved his eyes directly over the ball. He started his day by making an 8-footer for birdie on No. 10, which was his longest birdie putt on a day when he needed only 26 putts.