Flesch Early Leader with 63, One Shy of Record

Steve Flesch fired two eagles and five birdies for a nine-under-par 63 and the early first-round lead in the clubhouse today at the PGA Tour's Reno-Tahoe Open.

That's one shy of the course record 62 set by Bill Glasson in 2005 and tied by Joe Ogilvy last year at the Montreux Golf & Country Club.

Flesch made an 18-foot eagle putt on the par-5 fourth to get to 4-under through four holes. He made the turn at 6-under 30 and got to 8-under when he hit a three wood to within 10 feet for another eagle on the 584-yard, par-5 11th. He birdied from 4 feet on No. 18.

Jose Conceres had six birdies, one bogey and a hole-in-one on the 220-yard seventh hole to shoot an 8-under-par 64.

Australian Steve Allan, who missed a 4-foot bogey putt that would have won the tournament in 2004, is another stroke back at 65. Defending champ Will MacKenzie, Jason Gore and former University of Nevada golfer Charlie Wi are in a group at 66.

Tadd Fujikawa, a 16-year-old Hawaiian making his pro debut, is in the half the field of 132 golfers that have afternoon tee times and are still on the course.

Flesch was dialed in all day with his irons. He hit 17 greens and the fringe of the other one, leaving him on average inside 18 feet of the pin. He predicts low scores through the weekend if the wind doesn't pick up and the greens remain soft. He says, quoting now, "It's going to `O.K. Corral' out here. It's going to be a shootout."

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