Fuzzy Zoeller and Bruce Lietzke, who toyed with elimination in the opening round of The International golf tournament, will live to play another day.

So will Jack Nicklaus, Nick Price, Tom Kite, Raymond Floyd, Paul Azinger and Andy Bean.All were survivors Wednesday as half the field of 162 golfers played the first round in this unconventional, $1-million tournament.

The other half, including defending champion John Cook, PGA champion Jeff Sluman and Tom Watson, tees up today.

Mike Reid had Wednesday's best round, a 5-under-par 67 that translated to 11 Stableford points and a $10,000 payoff in daily money. Australian Ian Baker-Finch had eight points and earned $7,500.

At seven points were Price, Bobby Clampett, Sam Randolph and J.C. Snead.

No scores are cumulative, however, so the 39 survivors from Wednesday, along with 39 more survivors from today, will head into Friday's second round all even and facing another cut.

Scoring in this tournament is based on eight points for a double eagle, five points for an eagle, two points for a birdie, zero points for par, minus-1 point for bogey and minus-3 points for double bogey or worse.

Among the casualties on Wednesday were Craig Stadler, who lost in a playoff; David Graham, John Mahaffey and Scott Simpson.

Lietzke, who has reached the final day in both previous Internationals, was extended to a playoff to advance this time. Eight players who finished at plus-1 played off for five spots. The sudden-death playoff lasted five holes.

Lietzke, Jose Rivero, Curt Byrum and Bill Glasson all made it in with pars on the first playoff hole, No. 9. The other four, all with bogeys, went on to No. 10, where John Huston was eliminated. Stadler and Bob Eastwood both birdied the next hole, No. 17, eliminating Jay Haas, who had a par.