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Hall opens with a 63 at just the right time

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Hall opens with a 63 at just the right time

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In this photo released by OneAsia, Australia's Ashley Hall tries to chip in during the second round of …

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Down to his last chance to earn a PGA Tour card, Ashley Hall opened with his second-best score of the year.

Hall birdied two of his last three holes for a 7-under 63 on the Valley Course at the TPC Sawgrass to take a one-shot lead Thursday after the first round of the Tour Championship. Robert Karlsson, the former Ryder Cup player from Sweden, shot a 66 and also needs a big week to get his PGA Tour card.

The Tour Championship is the last of four tournaments for 25 players to earn PGA Tour cards based on a money list from those events.

Hall, a 29-year-old from Australia, missed the cuts in the previous three events and needs a top finish.

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