Oh Kaye

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It always seems to happen. A player, not feeling his best, somehow manages a spectacular round.
 
Jonathan Kaye was that person on Thursday.
 
Kaye, suffering from a pinched nerve in his neck, fired a career-tying 8-under-par 62 to take the first-round lead at the Canon Greater Hartford Open in Cromwell, Conn.
 
Check out Kaye's sizzling round of 62
 
Kaye leads Shigeki Maruyama, who is also battling back from a stiff neck that forced him to withdraw from last weeks Buick Classic, by one. Jay Don Blake is two back following a 64. Seven players are tied at 5-under-par.
 
Kaye was a question mark prior to the start of the first round at the TPC at River Highlands.
 
I didnt think I was going to play today, said Kaye after his round. I pulled out of the Pro-Am.
 
I played last week, the last ' well, Sunday and Monday in Westchester, and every shot hurt. So I was trying to, you know, swing easy and go pain-free, which I did, thanks to the help of the guys in the fitness trailer.
 
Starting on the back nine, Kaye birdied his first three holes, and then added three more birdies to his card on holes 15-17.
 
Following a bogey at the par-4 3rd, Kaye birdied the 5th and 6th holes from 30 and 20 feet, respectively. He concluded his day with a six-foot birdie putt at the 9th.
 
Its not the first time Kaye has shot 62. He first did so in the 1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. The most remarkable thing about that round wasnt the number posted, but the number that preceded it.
 
Kayes third-round 62 was just 18 holes removed from a second-round 83. Incidentally, that 83 came after an opening 64.
 
Kaye last fired 62 in the final round of the 2000 Invensys Classic.
 
This is Kayes fourth straight season on the PGA Tour. Hes earned a pair of runner-up finishes (1995 Quad City Classic and 99 Las Vegas Invitational). Last year, he collected 11 top-25 finishes and hauled in over $1 million.
 
This year, the 30-year-old is 98th on the money list, with one top-20 finish (The Players Championship).
 
Full-field scores from the Canon Greater Hartford Open