Boo Weekley and Heath Slocum combined for an 11-under 61 to take a surprise lead after yesterday's first round of the World Cup of Golf in southern China.
With 13 other higher-ranked US players declining to play in the team event at the Mission Hills Golf Club, Weekley -- ranked No. 43 on the world list -- and his partner showed the depth of US golf.
Defending champions Germany, represented by Alex Cejka and Martin Kaymer, shot 62 to be a stroke behind. Six other teams were in a logjam at 63 -- Finland, Wales, Scotland, South Africa, Thailand and England.
Yesterday's first round was played under the fourballs (better ball) format. But today will be tougher with scores sure to soar in foursomes (alternate-shot). Though it's a stroke-play event, match-play rules are in force.