April 26 2013
By John Schwarb, PGATOUR.COM
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Brad Faxon says he has a recurring dream about playing with longtime friend Jeff Sluman for 54 holes and not helping him on a single one.
He can sleep easy on Friday night.
Faxon contributed seven birdies midway through the first round at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf while Sluman cleaned up the start and finish, and the end product was a 10-under 62 in the team format, good for a one-shot lead at The Club at Savannah Harbor.
Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman, winners of the last three Schwab Cups and the 2009 Liberty Mutual champions, are one shot back at 9 under. Tom Watson and Andy North, the 2008 champions, are two shots back along with the teams of Craig Stadler/Kirk Triplett and Tom Kite/Gil Morgan.
"We did a good job today of getting both balls in play, and a lot of holes we had two putts for birdie on," Faxon said. "The back nine got pretty windy and out of a different direction than I think we're used to seeing the course play and we capitalized (for) 6 under on the back, which we thought was a pretty good score."
Faxon's putter was key, as it always is when he plays well. Sluman found himself talking on a loop.
"All I kept saying was good putt, great putt. Another one, another one goes in the dead center," Sluman said. "For me, it's actually a great thing to watch, it looked like every putt's got a chance.
Faxon and Sluman finished tied for third a year ago at 27 under, two shots behind the winning duo of Michael Allen and David Frost.