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Lonard takes lead

HILTON HEAD ISLAND (South Carolina): Peter Lonard's world was turned upside down by a bug. In the early 1990s, the promising pro from Australia contracted Ross River Fever, a mosquito-borne virus that affected his vision. Every direction looked opposite, every break went the wrong way. For him, left looked right and right, left.

For a golfer dependent on the fine art of reading greens, Lonard's condition was disastrous.

``You do that for two years, you're absolutely psycho in the head,'' Lonard said on Thursday, the first-round leader at the MCI Heritage with a 9-under 62. ``You don't know which end of the putter to hold basically.'' So Lonard gave up.

He quit competitive golf for several years, working as a club pro from 1994 to 1997. Until one day seven years ago, when an eye specialist offered hope through laser surgery. Gradually, Lonard's sight became as crisp as it was in the past. He tracked putts correctly and went back to the game he loved.

Lonard was two strokes ahead of Thomas Levet, who birdied six of his last eight holes to shoot a 64. Darren Clarke was at 65 with Patrick Sheehan another stroke back.

He was 10 under after a birdie on No. 16 and put his tee shot on the difficult par-3 17th 15 feet from the pin.

A birdie there would have let him go for 59 with a birdie on the famous closing lighthouse hole.

Lonard came a foot short on the tricky downhill putt to make the birdie and failed to join Al Geiberger, Chip Beck and David Duval in the group with the only 59s on the PGA Tour. — AP

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