"I was very pleased with my start," said Faldo, who had birdies at the first three holes and is seeking his sixth win on the PGA Tour.
After 54 holes, Faldo was at nine under par on 204. Scott McCarron and defending champion, Craig Stadler, were tied for second, one stroke behind Faldo. Tiger Woods shot a 72 and is eight shots off the lead.
Faldo has not won a tournament since winning the Masters last April. "I had a lot of things in my life off the golf course that had to be taken care of," he said. "Now everything is sorted out and golf is back to my only priority."Reuse content