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Fine weather and a receptive course led to low scoring at the Libery Mutual Legends of Golf on Saturday.

Fine weather and a receptive course led to low scoring at the Libery Mutual Legends of Golf on Saturday, as teams made hay while the sun shone in the better-ball event.

Wayne Levi and Keith Furgus shot 12-under 60 to share the lead at 20-under alongside Peter Senior and Sandy Lyle, who combined for a 61 at The Club at Savannah Harbor.

“You almost feel like you have to make at least a par on every hole,” Senior said.

“When you do make a bogey, you feel like you’ve dropped back two. It’s like a double bogey in other tournaments.”

Several players were even able to drive the 338-yard first hole, which was playing downwind.

“The fact that the balls are running, especially on the par-5s, is certainly a factor in so many birdies,” Fergus said.

It was Levi who first sparked the team’s advance, holing out from a greenside bunker at the ninth and following it up with a 3-wood to within 30 feet on the par-5 530-yard 11th, which he promptly sank for eagle.

“If we can put two balls on the greens (in regulation) and have a chance at birdie, we’ll be in pretty good shape,” said Levi.

Just behind the leaders are a whole host of big names.

Kenny Perry and Scott Hoch shot a 62 and lie one shot behind alongside first-round leaders Tom Kite and Gil Morgan, who had a 63. Just behind them are Bob Tway and Tom Pernice Jr. (62), Ian Baker-Finch and Joe Ozaki (62), Corey Pavin and Tom Lehman (62), and Ted Schulz and Gary Hallberg (64).

“It’s going to take 29 or 30 under to win this,” Lyle said. “You can’t stop, or people will be going right past you.”

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