FORT WORTH, Texas - Ryan Palmer fired a bogey-free eight-under par 62 yesterday to take a one-stroke lead over fellow American John Rollins after the first round of the US PGA Crowne Plaza Invitational.
Palmer, a member at the host Colonial Country Club, used his knowledge to full advantage in the opening 18 holes to edge Rollins for the lead.
"This golf course, I know where to hit it," Palmer said. "I hit driver all day. I was able to attack it and it paid off."
Canada's Graham DeLaet and David Hearn and Americans Morgan Hoffmann and John Peterson shared third on 64.
After starting on the 10th tee, Palmer charged to the top with a run of four birdies in a row from the par-4 14th through par-4 17th, then began his second nine with a birdie at the first hole. Palmer closed strong with birdies on three of the last four holes.
"That was a lot of fun," Palmer said. "I just got into my round halfway through. My front nine I just hit some good shots."