Howard Twitty had six birdies on the back nine to complete an 8-under-par 62 and take the first-round lead in the PGA's Southern Open.

Frank Conner and Larry Mize had rounds of 64 on the 6,775-yard Green Island Country Club course. Mike Donald, Dillard Pruitt and Canadians Dan Halldorson and Jim Nelford had 65s.Twitty was one shot off the tournament record held by three players, the last Dave Barr in 1988.