PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) _ Don Reese, the final player in the 55-player field, shot a 4-under-par 68 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Tour Championship.

Reese, at 47 the oldest player in the field, birdied five of the first eight holes.

``I didn't have anything outside of 10 feet at the start,'' the former Troy State player said. ``I was trying not to think about it as I was going along.''

He entered the tournament 55th on the money list with $79,913 _ $70,049 behind Todd Barranger for the 15th and final exempt spot on the 2002 PGA Tour.

Australia's Rod Pampling was the only other player to break 70 in windy conditions on Capitol Hill's 7,656-yard Senator Course, the longest layout ever in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event.

Eric Meeks and Tim Petrovic opened with 70s, and money-leader Chad Campbell and Billy Judah, Jay Delsing, Keoke Cotner and Pat Bates were three back.

The tournament ends the money race for the 15 2002 PGA Tour cards, with Campbell trying to add to his tour-record $365,752. He missed the cut last week in the PGA Tour's National Car Rental Classic, his first start on the big tour after earning a promotion with his third Tour victory of the year.

Heath Slocum, who advanced to the PGA Tour in August with his third victory, is second with $337,090. He opened with a 76.

Pampling is third on the money list.