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Palmer leads after one round at Colonial

May 23, 2013 at 8:18 PM   |   Comments

FORT WORTH, Texas, May 23 (UPI) -- Ryan Palmer took advantage of his course knowledge Thursday to shoot a 62 and grab the first-round lead at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Palmer is a member of the Colonial Country Club, which first hosted this event in 1946. Of all the tournaments on the PGA Tour, only the Masters has been played for a longer period of time on the same course.

With only a slight breeze with which to contend, Palmer played a bogey free round. He birdied four straight holes beginning with the par-4 14th.

He had a one-shot lead over John Rollins and a two-shot cushion over Morgan Hoffmann, David Hearn and Graham DeLaet.

Among those tied for sixth at 5-under 65 were Matt Kuchar, Tommy Gainey and 19-year-old Jordan Spieth, who began the year without any playing status on the tour but has all but guaranteed full-time membership for next season.

Defending champion Zach Johnson shot a 69 while the man he edged out for the title last year, Jason Dufner, had a 67.

There were 72 sub-par rounds shot in the opening round and Palmer's score equaled the lowest ever posted over the opening 18 holes.

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