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Last Updated: Friday, 3 October, 2003, 02:24 GMT 03:24 UK
Trio out in front
Carlos Franco
Franco had a good opening round
Paraguay's Carlos Franco carded a six-under-par 66 to share the first-round lead with Japan's Hidemichi Tanaka and John Huston at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic in Mississippi.

Four years ago, Franco became the first South American to win on the PGA Tour since 1968 when he captured the Compaq Classic of New Orleans but he has just one top-10 finish this year.

Franco put together a steady round with six birdie, including three early ones at the 4th, 5th and 7th and no bogeys.

Tanaka, who managed an eagle at the 7th, has put together his best stretch of the season recently, with three top-10 finishes in the last five weeks.

The Japanese player is currently seeking his first PGA Tour win and is currently 72nd on the money list.

Huston is a PGA Tour veteran with six victories in 17 years, his last victory coming in 2000 at the Tampa Bay Classic.

"I made a lot of birdies and putted well," said Huston, who was the only one of the three who teed off in the afternoon.

"Overall, I'm happy with the way I played, even with three bogeys."

David Edwards and Patrick Sheehan are tied for fourth at 67, one stroke ahead of a group of six players.

England's Luke Donald, the defending champion, is three shots behind the leading trio after a solid opening 69.


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