Ryan Palmer leads after first round at Colonial

May 24, 2013

Colonial Country Club member Ryan Palmer shot an 8-under-par 62 on Thursday to match the first-round record at Hogan’s Alley in Fort Worth and take a one-stroke lead over John Rollins.

The bogey-free 62 equaled Palmer’s lowest round on the PGA Tour.

Palmer and longtime caddie James Edmondson are full dues-paying members at Colonial. Edmondson is even the reigning club champion, winning the title for the third time last year.

“It’s pretty neat. A lot of fun,” Palmer said.

Graham DeLaet, wearing pants with a plaid design similar to the jacket Colonial winners receive, matched Morgan Hoffmann, David Hearn and John Peterson at 64. Matt Kuchar, the highest-ranked player in the 136-man invitational field, was in a group of six at 65.

For all the rounds Palmer has played at Colonial, 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.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Jay Haas and Duffy Waldorf shared the first-round lead in the Senior PGA Championship, shooting 5-under 66s at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.

The 59-year-old Haas, the winner of the major championship in 2006 and 2008, had a bogey-free round. The 50-year-old Waldorf, trying for his first tour win, had six birdies and one bogey.

EUROPEAN PGA TOUR: South Africa’s James Kingston shot a 6-under 66 at Wentworth in Virginia Water, England, to take the lead during the suspended first round of the BMW PGA Championship.

Afternoon play was delayed for about 90 minutes because of the threat of lightning, and five groups were still on the course when the round was suspended for the day.

Sergio Garcia, the Spanish player whose verbal sparring with Tiger Woods turned ugly this week when he said he would “serve fried chicken” if he had dinner with Woods, opened with a 72.

The head of the European tour, meantime, apologized for using the term “colored” during a live television interview Thursday in which he was reacting to the spat between Woods and Garcia. Tour CEO George O’Grady said that “most of Sergio’s friends are colored athletes in the United States.”

LPGA TOUR: Faced with a flooded course, the tour shortened the Ocean Club to 12 holes for at least Friday’s first round of its inaugural Bahamas Classic at Paradise Island.

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