Morgan Edges Into Lead

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VALENCIA, Calif. -- Gil Morgan fired a 7-under-par 65 on Friday to take the first-round lead of the SBC Classic at Valencia Country Club. John Schroeder is alone in second place after a first-round 66.
 
Tom Purtzer and James Mason share third place at 5-under-par 67, followed by Sammy Rachels and Allen Doyle in fifth at minus-3.
 
Morgan flew out of the gate with an eagle at the par-5 first. He mixed two birdies and a bogey on the rest of his front nine to make the turn at 3-under 33.
 
He tallied four birdies in his last six holes to take sole possession of first place.
 
Hale Irwin, the reigning Player of the Year and money leader, posted a 1-over 73 on Friday. Tom Kite, the 2002 champion, struggled in the opening round of his title defense with a 2-over-par 74.
 
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