Destin, Florida:Tom Purtzer and Eduardo Romero took advantage of perfect scoring conditions in the Boeing Championship, matching the course record with bogey-free 9-under 62s to share the first-round lead on Friday.
Jim Thorpe and Jay Haas opened with 64s in the Champions Tour event, and nine players including Senior PGA Championship winner Denis Watson had 65s on the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort's Raven Golf Club course.
"The golf course is defenseless no wind," Purtzer said. "There were a lot of birdies out there."
Romero, coming off a second-place finish last week in the Senior PGA in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, narrowly missed a hole-in-one on the 158-yard eighth hole. His ball landed about a foot from the pin.
"My confidence is going up and up and up," Romero said. "This week it's very difficult to beat me because my confidence is very good and my swing is very good."
Romero may have taken the confidence thing too far, though, when he three-putted the par-5 17th and settled for a par. Romero said he just lost concentration.
"I think it was because I'm thinking 59," Romero said.
Purtzer and Romero tied the course record set last year by defending champion Bobby Wadkins. Wadkins shot a 69 on Friday.
Purtzer won the AT&T Championship in March.
"Once you get into a kind of rhythm, you feel you can go at the flags," he said.
Tournament officials may move the tees back for Saturday's second round if the wind doesn't pick up.
Romero, though, said he's hoping for more wind because he's used to it in his Argentina homeland.
"When you play good, it's no problem," he said.
Purtzer has been playing on the Champions Tour since 2001, but Romero is just in his second year after struggling in 2006.
"Now, I feel like home," Romero said. "I know everything now. I know the courses. I know the people."