Group of 6 overshadows Love, Couples

GREENSBORO, N.C. — GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The undeclared duel between Davis Love III and Fred Couples played second lead yesterday to the cast of players fighting for first place in the Kmart Greater Greensboro Open.

Grabbing shares of the spotlight with 5-under-par 67s were Phil Blackmar, Brian Claar, Jeff Maggert, Robert Gamez, Kenny Perry and Bill Britton. Love and Couples have won two tournaments each this year, quite an accomplishment compared with the six leaders' six career tournament wins.


Love, winner last week of the Heritage Golf Classic, struggled to an 71, due in part to consecutive bogeys on the back nine. Couples, playing for the first time since winning the Masters two weeks ago, came in at 2-under 70.

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AUSTIN, Texas -- The team of Bobby Nichols and J.C. Snead shot an 11-under-par 61 to share the first-round lead with Chi Chi Rodriguez and Dave Hill.

Three teams were at 10-under in the two-man, better-ball tournament over the 6,777-yard Barton Creek Country Club course.

Hill gave nearly all the credit to Rodriguez.

"My partner just played up a storm. He made one mis-hit all day long, and that was at 18. I hit it out in the trees all day long except for 18," Hill said.

Hill birdied the 546-yard par-5, one of three birdies he added to the pair's total.