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May 19 2011

3:45 PM

Toms, Kim, Aussies off to good start

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

It’s early in the opening round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational but not surprisingly there are already plenty of low numbers on the board at Colonial, where Brendon de Jonge has the early advantage at 7 under through 15 holes.

Right behind him? David Toms, who appears to have bounced back from his playoff loss at THE PLAYERS Championship pretty quickly. He’s 6 under through 11 holes -- nine greens in regulation and just 14 putts so far in what looks pretty similar to what he did last week.

There are a couple of requisite Aussies high on the leaderboard in Rod Pampling (5 under through 14) and Adam Scott (4 under through 13). Australians always seem to play well in Texas -- be it the similar grasses to that of Australia or the wind -- and that seems to be the case at least in the early going again.

Anthony Kim is also off to a good start at 5 under through his first nine holes. Kim missed the cut last week, but he was striping his irons on the range.

The course record, by the way, is 61.

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