Golf: Palmer's 62 on familiar course good for 1st

2013-05-24T00:00:00Z Golf: Palmer's 62 on familiar course good for 1stThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 24, 2013 12:00 am  • 

FORT WORTH, Texas - Ryan Palmer was standing in the fairway on his last hole Thursday when his longtime caddie and fellow Colonial member issued a challenge.

James Edmondson, who won his third Colonial club championship last year, told Palmer that a birdie would match the caddie's low round at Hogan's Alley.

"What do you do when you get that thrown at you," Palmer said.

Palmer hit his approach to 5 feet at the 388-yard ninth hole for an 8-under 62 that matched the lowest PGA Tour first round at Colonial. That put him a stroke ahead of John Rollins, who had his best round this year.

For all the rounds Palmer has played at Colonial, where he has been a full dues-paying member since 2010, he had never had such a low score. He generally plays there two or three times a week during the offseason and once or twice during weeks he's not playing the PGA Tour.

"These old men here make me grind because I have to give them so many shots. Maybe that helps," Palmer said, smiling.

Graham DeLaet, wearing pants with a plaid design similar to the jacket Colonial winners get, matched Morgan Hoffmann, David Hearn and John Peterson at 64. Matt Kuchar, No. 13 in the world ranking and the highest-ranked player in the 136-man invitational field, was in a group of six players at 65.

Rollins, who like Palmer lives in nearby Colleyville, has playing privileges at Colonial like other PGA Tour players though he doesn't play the 7,204-yard layout nearly as much as Palmer.

"He's a pretty permanent fixture in the men's group and everything that goes on out here," Rollins said.

Palmer, the former Texas A&M player who has three PGA Tour victories, had a bogey-free round, hitting 12 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens in regulation, with his first birdie putt being his longest.

He was still even par until his 17-footer on his fifth hole, the 442-yard 14th, that started his stretch of four consecutive birdies. The only other birdie over 10 feet was a 14-footer at the 391-yard sixth hole.

Champions Tour

ST. LOUIS - Jay Haas and Duffy Waldorf shared the first-round lead in the Senior PGA Championship, shooting 5-under 66 at Bellerive Country Club.

PGA European Tour

VIRGINIA WATER, England - South Africa's James Kingston shot a 6-under 66 at Wentworth to take the lead during the suspended first round of the BMW PGA Championship.

LPGA Tour

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas - The Bahamas LPGA Classic is to start today with a 12-hole round, using the holes that aren't under water from the worst flooding in about 20 years. Officials hope the rest of the course will drain in time for an 18-hole Sunday.

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