Santiago, Chile (SportsNetwork.com) - Tain Lee fired an 8-under 63 to grab a 1-stroke lead after one round of the Chile Classic.
Lee, who had missed the cut in his last two Web.com Tour starts, has made just three cuts in nine career tour starts.
Dawie van der Walt is one stroke back at minus-7 at Club de Golf Mapocho.
Three-time Web.com Tour winner Jeff Gove carded a 6-under 65. He was joined in third place by Brock Mackenzie, two-time tour winner Alex Aragon, Adam Long, Tyler Aldridge, Rhein Gibson, Harold Varner III, Oliver Goss, Zack Fischer, Cody Gribble and Sebastian Cappelen.
D.J. Trahan, who owns two PGA Tour wins, headlines a group of eight players tied for 14th at minus-5.
Lee got off to a flying start as he birdied each of the first three holes. He moved to 4-under with a birdie at the fifth, but gave that shot right back as he bogeyed the par-3 sixth.
The 24-year-old parred the final three holes to close out his opening nine. Around the turn, back-to-back birdies at 10 and 11 pushed Lee to minus-5.
Lee soared into the lead as he birdied three consecutive holes from the 13th. With an outside chance at shooting 59, Lee instead closed his round with three pars in a row.
"There's always someone who shoots low out here. Today, I certainly exceeded my own expectations. I didn't wake up this morning thinking I would shoot 8- under," Lee admitted. "I don't feel like I hit the ball any better today than I did last week, but the score's quite different and that's due to my putting. I hit the ball great last week in Brazil, but I had 37 putts on Friday. I made my share today."
Van der Walt did his scoring in bunches. He birdied the first and second to start his round. After a pair of pars, van der Walt converted birdie chances at five and six.
He ran off seven consecutive pars from the seventh. Van der Walt moved to minus-5 with a birdie on the 14th. He closed with birdies at 16 and 18 to end one back.
"It's a pretty wide open off the tee, but you do get penalized and get some sketchy lies if you don't hit it in the fairway," van der Walt said. "I'm really looking forward to playing tomorrow morning with no wind."
NOTES: In Lee's two made cuts, he tied for 50th and 70th ... Van der Walt, who is making his first tour start of the year, has a runner-up finish in each of the last three seasons on the Web.com Tour ... John Mallinger withdrew after carding a 77 on Thursday.