Fulton Allem of South Africa, the least-known of the eight golfers in the Million Dollar Challenge, shot a six-under-par 66 Thursday to take the lead in the chase for the richest prize in golf history at Sun City, South Africa .
Allem, a last-minute replacement for countryman Mark McNulty, who has pneumonia, won the first of four $50,000 prizes for the best round each day. Aside from these bonuses, only the winner will get a check Sunday--for $1 million.
A three-foot putt on the final green earned Allem his seventh birdie and gave him a one-shot lead in the first round over Welshman Ian Woosnam, top money-winner on the European tour.
All eight players equaled or bettered par on the 7,665-yard course designed by South African golfer Gary Player.
Tied for third at 68 were Nick Faldo of Britain, the reigning British Open champion, and Jose-Maria Olazabal of Spain.
Bernhard Langer of West Germany and David Frost of South Africa were next with 70s, and the two Americans brought up the rear--Lanny Wadkins at 71 and Curtis Strange, leading money-winner on the PGA Tour, at 72.