By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
IRVING, Texas -- Jeff Quinney, looking for his first PGA TOUR win this week in his 132nd career start, opened Thursday's first round with five birdies in his first nine holes to take a share of the early lead at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Quinney went out in 4-under 31 at the TPC Four Seasons Resort, thanks in large part to a string of three consecutive birdies starting at the fourth hole (including a birdie at the fifth when he rolled in a putt from 42 feet). He was at 5 under on his round after a birdie at the 10th hole but dropped a stroke at the 12th and is now 4 under.
Scott Piercy is also at 4 under through eight holes after making four consecutive birdies.
Brandt Jobe, a former TPC Four Seasons member who still lives in the area, also went out in 31 and is now 3 under on his round.
Among the notables near the top of the leaderboard are Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia, both at 2 under after just making the turn. Garcia made eagle at the par-4 10th when he holed out from the primary rough from 115 yards.
K.J. Choi, making his first start since winning THE PLAYERS Championship two weeks ago, is at 1 under through his first 10 holes.
Andres Romero has had an interesting round. He opened with a double bogey, bogeyed two of the next three holes, made par at the next hole, then reeled off four straight birdies to make the turn at even par.
Due to weather issues earlier in the week, players are being allowed to play preferred lies on closely mown areas through the green on Thursday.
According to the notice given to competitors, if a player's ball lies on a loosely mown area -- an area cut to fairway height or less -- through the green, the player may mark, lift and clean his ball without penalty. The player can place his ball on a spot within one club length of the original spot.