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Weir takes lead with first round 62

Mike Weir fired a 10-under 62 on Thursday to take a two-shot lead after the first day of the Genuity Championship. Glen Day and Stewart Cink share second at minus-eight.

The 62 for Weir is his lowest round ever on the PGA Tour and it just missed the course record at the Blue Course of Doral Golf Resort and Spa, which is 61 set last year by Stephen Ames.

Weir began the day with a 15-foot birdie putt at number-one but his round really took off when he holed a nine-iron from the left rough from 140 yards out for an eagle at the second.

"I am not known as a fast starter," said Weir. "The birdie putt on the first hole got me into a rhythm with my putter. That seemed to set the tone for the day."

The Canadian holed a 35-foot putt for birdie at number-four and played a nine-iron into the green at the sixth where he converted an eight-foot birdie putt.

Mike Weir's 62 was just one off of the Doral Blue Monster course record. Allsport.

Weir saved par at seven after he nailed his approach into a back bunker and blasted out to four feet. At the eighth, the left-hander smoked a four-iron from 220 yards that landed six feet from the cup for his second eagle on the front side and a 29 for the first nine.

Weir missed an eight-foot birdie putt at 10 but nestled a sand- wedge six feet from the hole for a birdie at 12. He drained an 18-foot putt for birdie at 14 to get to nine-under.

At the 16th, Weir had only 70 yards for his approach but left himself 15 feet for birdie, a putt he was not able to convert. Weir wedged his approach to 12 feet at 18 for his final birdie of the day.

Weir's last victory was at the WGC - American Express Championship in Spain last November.

"That win gave me a lot more confidence, because the players are the guys that will be there for the next few years contending in major championships," said Weir.

Day started on the back nine on Thursday and chipped to a foot for birdie at his first. He added a pair a six-footers at 15 and 16 to make the turn at three-under.

Day carded four birdies in a row on the back, starting at the fifth. All of Day's birdie putts during that stretch came from inside 15 feet.

"I am playing good for the first time in two years," said Day, whose eight-under 64 could have been lower but he missed four putts inside of 10 feet on Thursday. "I look forward to playing now."

Cink posted eight birdies and no bogeys in round one to gain his share of second place.

Davis Love III, a winner at Pebble Beach last month, is tied for fourth with Steve Flesch, K.J. Choi, and Harrison Frazar at seven- under 65.

Andy Bean, a three-time winner of this event, shares sixth with Ernie Els, Hal Sutton, Kaname Yokoo and last week's Nissan Open winner Robert Allenby. The group is at minus-six.

Defending champion Jim Furyk carded a three-under 69 on Thursday. Also at three-under is David Duval, who signed a lucrative endorsement deal with Nike late Wednesday night.

Greg Norman, a three-time winner of this event, withdrew on Thursday morning due to a high fever.

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