Dustin Johnson has the length to play any golf course, but the big-hitter reined it in a bit on Thursday in Fort Worth, TX. Hitting 3-irons off many of tee boxes, Johnson played bogey-free golf in shooting 65 to lead by one-shot after the first round of the Crown Plaza Colonial Invitational. His 5-under total is one stroke better than a group of four golfers including Hunter Mahan, Harris English and Robert Streb and Tim Wilkinson.
Mahan was the leader for much of the day, getting to as low as 6-under at one point. He had an eagle on the first hole followed by 4 more birdies to fire 29 on the front side. His total was still 6-under when he came to the 18th hole, where he recorded a double bogey and fell to minus-4. There are 10 players at 3-under going into the second round on Friday, including Texan native Jordan Spieth.
Adam Scott played his first round since moving into the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings, and he looked a little rusty. Beginning on the back nine of the Colonial Country Club golf course on Thursday, Scott registered four bogeys on his first nine to make the turn at 4-over. The Australian got the ship righted on his back nine, playing bogey-free with three birdies to finish at 1-over par for the day. When he was done, Scott said he did not play as badly as his score would indicate, “I actually hit plenty of good shots and played from the fairway for four over. It’s a great track. You’ve really got to play sharp at all points. Even though you’ve got a wedge in your hand, you’ve got to be spot on.” He also said his new ranking had little to do with his shaky start, “Maybe a little pressure, but not really. It was a great group for me today, very comfortable to play with those guys and they were both playing pretty nice, too.” His playing partners were Jimmy Walker (-3) and Zach Johnson (E).
Senior PGA Championship – The Champions Tour is holding their second major tournament in as many weeks, as they play the Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Joe Durant fired a 6-under par 65 in the first round at Harbor Shores golf course to secure a one-shot lead over Dan Forsman. Brad Faxon went out early and carded seven birdies and 3 bogeys en route to a 4-under 67.
Colin Montgomery, Jeff Maggert and Jay Haas are among a group of 12 golfers at 2-under par after the first day. The defending champion is Kenny Perry. Fresh off of his win at the Traditions last week, he is at 1-under par heading into the second round on Friday.
BMW PGA Championship – Thomas Bjorn had a 10-under par 62 in the first round of the BMW PGA Championship, the flagship event on the European Tour. Bjorn’s 62 tied the course record at the Wentworth golf course in Virginia Water, England. He leads Shane Lowry by two shots. The tournament suffered two delays because of bad weather on Thursday, and 33 players are yet to finish their first round. Rory McIlroy, showing no ill-effects from his breakup with fiance Caroline Wozniacki, fired an opening-round 68. His total included a hole-out eagle on the par-4 seventh hole.
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Commentary by Chuck Podhaisky