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Palm Springs, CA (Sports Network) - Mark Hensby and Skip Kendall fired matching rounds of nine-under-par 63 to share the lead after the first of five rounds at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Hensby carded his round at Indian Wells, while Kendall played the Arnold Palmer Private Course at PGA West. This event has one pro playing with three amateurs on four courses during the first four rounds. Along with the aforementioned courses, the players tee it up at Bermuda Dunes and La Quinta Country Clubs, before shifting to the Palmer Course for the final round.

, who also played at Indian Wells, stands alone in third place at eight-under-par 64. and each posted matching rounds of seven-under-par 65 at Bermuda Dunes and are joined in fourth place by , who played at Indian Wells.

Hensby, who came to the event as the second alternate, got into the event when Peter Lonard and Hidemichi Tanaka were unable to start. Hensby responded by flying out of the gate with three consecutive birdies.

The 32-year-old then got up-and-down for birdie at the par-five fifth. He climbed to six-under with back-to-back birdies from the seventh.

He dropped a wedge within eight feet to setup birdie at the 12th. Hensby later rolled in a 10-footer for birdie at the 15th and capped off his round with a three-foot birdie putt on No. 16.

"At the beginning of the day, it was a little rainy and cooler and then the sun came out," said Hensby. "The golf course and the greens are perfect. I just got off to a really good start and made three birdies in a row to start off with."

Kendall got off to a good start by getting up-and-down for birdie at the par- five second. He then drained back-to-back birdie putts from over 25 feet at the fourth and fifth to get to three-under.

The 28-year-old rolled home another lengthy putt, this time for eagle, at the sixth before coming back with his fourth birdie of the day at the eighth to climb to minus-six.

Kendall moved to four-under on the first three par-fives when he two-putted for birdie at the par-five 11th. He dropped a nine-iron within six feet of the cup at the 15th for another birdie. The UNLV alum got up-and-down from over the green at the par-five 18th to grab a share of the lead.

"Starting out today, I didn't know what to expect. It was blowing pretty hard. It was kind of raining sideways on the first tee this morning, and I was the first group out," said Kendall. "I got off to a good start. You know, I just felt good after that."

Chris Couch, who played at La Quinta, carded a six-under-par 66. He is tied for seventh place with two-time U.S. Open champion , Joe Ogilvie, Richard S. Johnson, John Senden, and Zach Johnson.

, the defending champion, got off to a good start as he climbed to five-under through 10 holes. However, he stumbled to three bogeys on the front side at Bermuda Dunes to finish at two-under-par 70.

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