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Campbell rues missed record

ONCE considered the PGA Tour's next big thing, Chad Campbell finally looked the part on Thursday, opening the US Masters with a record five successive birdies to help propel him to the top of the leaderboard.

Later, the Texan was also eyeing a record on the back nine of Augusta National after a four consecutive birdies put him within reach of the lowest score at a major championship.

But while back-to-back bogeys on the 17th and 18th prevented Campbell from becoming the 24th player to record a 63 in a major it did not stop the 34-year-old from taking the first round lead returning an opening round 7-under 65. His late stumble left him with a one-shot lead over compatriots Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan and no margin for error going into today's second round.

"Obviously happy that I'm in the lead, but definitely never want to finish the round with two bogeys," Campbell said. "Kind of leaves a little bit of a sour taste in your mouth."

Nick Price, in 1986, and Greg Norman, in 1996, have shot the only 63s at the Masters.

Campbell looked poised to make it a threesome after reeling off four birdies from the 12th before finding a bunker with his approach on 17 and three-putting the 18th green.

"I was pretty excited," admitted Campbell, who has made five visits to Augusta, missing the cut three times but finishing in a tie for third in 2006. "All I'm trying to do out there is hit one shot at a time. I know it's kind of cliche, but it's really all you can do, especially out here.

"You get one bad shot and you're behind the eight ball."

Tiger Woods botched some easy putts, finishing with a 2-under 70 to put him 5 shots behind Campbell.

But Woods has never been a fast starter at Augusta, even while winning four green jackets.

"It's a long week," Woods said. "You've just got to keep patient, stay with it. It's not like I haven't been in this position before."

A record 19 players shot in the 60s on Thursday, including unlikely front-runners like Larry Mize and Todd Hamilton. Another 19 broke par - and, yes, that was a record for the first day, as well.

Greg Norman shot an effortless 70 in his first Masters appearance since 2002, and the patrons roared on every shot. They remember all the heartache he's endured at this place, from Mize chipping in from 140 feet to win a playoff, to Norman throwing away a 6-shot lead to Nick Faldo in one of sport's greatest collapses.


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