Jeff Overton must like the Metroplex of Texas. After all, he’s picking up where he left off on Thursday during the first round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Overton has just birdied the 16th hole -- his sixth in his last nine holes -- to move to 6 under and one stroke off the lead held by Jason Bohn.
Overton's birdie putts have come from 6, 26, 6, 16, 3 and 28 feet. He was tied for the lead on the back nine Sunday at the HP Byron Nelson Championship and ended up finishing two strokes back in second.
Jason Bohn noticed that Tiger Woods was doing some warm-up exercises with his neck. But he'd only played with the world No. 1 a few times, so he didn't really know whether that was part of Woods' normal stretching routine.
Turns out, it wasn't. Woods decided to hang it up after he hit his second shot at the seventh hole from the native area to just short of the green. He spoke to an official, then came over to shake Bohn's hand and say good-bye.
"I thought it was his wrist because I saw him the hole before kind of hit a shot and jam his wrist," Bohn said. "But he said it was his neck, and he looked in a lot of pain. When I shoot his hand and said, 'Take care of yourself,' he kind of flinched a little. He definitely looked like he was in a lot of pain.
"... In golf, every little injury it's hard. When he said it was his neck, I was like, you've got to go. Just take care of yourself. Figure out what it is and make sure it doesn't turn into something terrible."
Bohn, who won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans two weeks ago, knows what it's like to fight injuries. He's had three surgeries to repair problems associated with a fragmented disk in his back -- including one that nicked his spinal cord.
"I completely understand from an injury standpoint," Bohn said. "I was bedridden for 32 days. I couldn't lift my head above my waist. The second you seen somebody and they're injured I have complete passion for them. I feel like 100 percent you've got to shut it down and get it taken care of."
Bohn said that fans were lined up three deep along the fairways despite their 10:30 a.m. tee time. While he joked that he was surprised when the fans drifted away from his group after Woods withdrew --- "I thought they were there for me to be honest," he quipped -- Bohn said he knows how important his playing partner is to the game.
"I'm a little fish in a big pond, but I still get to kind of dip my hand in the pot," Bohn said. "I'm very grateful for what he does for our game. – Helen Ross
Jason Bohn doesn't have much of a record at TPC Sawgrass. He'd never even broke 70 in 14 rounds at the Stadium Course heading into the 2010 event.
That all changed Thursday. And it showed the power of momentum.
Bohn, still riding the high of his upset victory in New Orleans two weeks ago, shot a 67 that would have been better had he not butchered the par-4 14th. Having teed off on the 10th, Bohn was 1 over after he duck-hooked his drive on the 14th into the water.
That is when things got interesting. Bohn roared through the next three holes with birdies, including one at the island 17th when when stuck his tee shot to seven feet. Three hours later, he holed out a birdie on the par-5 ninth to finish the day just one behind early leader J.B. Holmes.
"I just made one mistake off the tee," Bohn said. "It cost me a double bogey. But to make seven birdies on this golf course, I am extremely pleased."
Things will be tougher for Bohn on Friday. He has to wait until 1:18 p.m. ET to tee off.
To replay Bohn's round on Shot Tracker, click here. -- Ryan Smithson