PUEBLA, Mexico (AP) _ Despite fighting a cold, Ed Dougherty shared the first-round lead in the Mexico Senior Classic.

Dougherty shot a 7-under-par 65 Friday, the same as Bob Eastwood.

``I'm surprised to be here because of how I feel,'' Dougherty said in the interview room. ``I really hit the ball well. It was just exploding off the club face.''

Dougherty, the 2000 Burnet Classic winner, eagled the par-5 10th hole after hitting a 5-wood approach to 5 feet.

``I was very lucky considering my condition,'' said Dougherty, who also had six birdies and a bogey on the scenic Las Vista Country Club Course.

Eastwood, a two-time winner on the senior tour, had seven birdies in a bogey-free round. He needed only 25 putts.

``It was a good ball-striking round. I hit a lot of greens, and putted well. I'm very satisfied,'' Eastwood said.

South Africa's Hugh Baiocchi was a stroke back along with Bobby Walzel, Dick Lotz, Walter Hall and Mike McCullough, while Tony Peterson and Steve Veriato shot 69s.

Defending champion Hubert Green opened with an 80. Green, who closed with a 10-under 62 last year in his five-stroke victory, has not broken 70 in 10 rounds this season.

The winner will receive $225,000 from the $1.5 million purse.