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May 27 2010

6:59 PM

Bohn bears up well despite ear problem

Bohn discusses round

Watch Jason Bohn as he tells the PGA TOUR Network about his health issues and his first-round 63.

Jason Bohn teed off at 8:04 a.m. CT -- but he certainly didn't need that unscheduled wake-up call in the wee hours of Thursday morning.

The 37-year-old veteran woke up about 1 a.m. with sharp, shooting pains in his left ear. Bohn had some blood in his ear, as well, and ended up spending a very restless night.

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Not that it mattered on Thursday, though, as Bohn posted a career-low 63 at Colonial that left him tied with Jeff Overton for the lead. He rolled in a 12-footer for birdie at the first hole and then added seven more before his lone bogey at No. 18 dropped Bohn back into the tie.

"I'm anxious to kind of see a doctor about (my ear)," Bohn said. "But it didn't affect my play too much, so I'm not really complaining. ...

"I just putted very well. I drove my golf ball extremely well; put it in good position to attack flag sticks. "

Truth be told, Bohn wasn't too surprised when he started feeling those pains just after midnight Thursday. Both his sons had ear infections last week and he correspondingly caught a bit of a cold, as well.

The recent Zurich Classic of New Orleans winner had taken a two-week break after THE PLAYERS Championship so he came to Fort Worth last Friday to prepare for the tournament. He went to a doctor on-site to get an antibiotic on Wednesday. 

"Everybody I've talked to said it's kind of a good thing, you kind of want it -- maybe the ear drum -- to bust open and allow it to get some drainage out of there," Bohn said.

Given the lack of sleep, he wondered how he would play on Thursday but never thought about withdrawing. Bohn went through his regular routine on Thursday morning and watched sudden movements that might throw off his equilibrium as he played.

He then proceeded to hit all but one fairway and three greens.

"I worked with my trainer this morning, went through all of my exercises,” Bohn said. “ My body seemed to be holding up really well.

"My biggest concern was when I was getting up and down off the floor really quickly, my balance was a little awkward.  So I really paid attention when I was putting how fast I came up.  How fast I walked around the green when my head is moving all over the place."

The main drawback? Bohn had had trouble carrying on conversations – and the questions from reporters after his round. Not to mention, all that applause for his eight birdies was distorted.

"When I got to the range and hit balls, I knew I was striking my golf ball well enough to get in a round," Bohn said. "I just knew I was not going to hear anybody talk.  And everything out there sounded like, what is it Charlie Brown's mother, that wah-wah-wah -- (so I'd just) smile and wave." – Helen Ross

To replay Jason Bohn's round on Shot Tracker, click here .

JASON BOHN'S ROUND 1 STATISTICS

Driving distance Fairways hit Greens in regulation Putts needed Sand saves
276.2 yards 13 of 14 15 of 18 26 1 of 1
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