John Cook shot a 7-under 65, two better than Jay Don Blake, Mark Wiebe, Nick Price and Bob Tway. Two-time defending champion Bernhard Langer was among five players another shot back at 68.
Starting his round on the back nine at The Woodlands Country Club Tournament Course, Forsman was 1-over after a three-putt bogey at the par-4 12th hole, but got back to par with a tap-in birdie at No. 13. Then he took off with six consecutive birdies beginning at the 15th hole. He reached 8-under with back-to-back birdies at 4 and 5 and coasted home with four consecutive pars.