By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Strong Texas winds usually provide Colonial with its main defense against PGA TOUR pros each year. In Thursday's first round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, the winds barely made their presence felt.
What followed was a bevy of red numbers.
Ryan Palmer tied for the lowest opening round in tournament history with an 8-under 62 to lead the assault on Colonial. Eighty-eight of the 135-man field managed par or better. Scoring conditions were ideal.
"This probably the most docile I have seen Colonial," said Daniel Summerhays, making his third start in this event and starting strong with a 65. "Usually the wind is really going."
"I think we got pretty lucky," said Canadian Graham DeLaet after his 6-under 64 in the afternoon. "The wind really didn't kick up too hard and you kind of expect low scoring out here if you can just keep the ball in play and make a few putts."
Added Matt Every after his 65 in the morning: "There was enough wind to know it was there, but not, you know, nothing crazy."
Even in the afternoon, the winds didn't pick up as expected. Plus, the sun rarely appeared, preventing the greens from firming up.
"We actually caught a good break in the afternoon with the cloud cover and the wind staying down," said 19-year-old Texan Jordan Spieth after his 65.
But don't expect those breaks to remain in effect for all four rounds.
"Today is the day to get it," Tommy Gainey said after a 65. "I feel like the wind is going to pick up the next few days. When you play this golf course and when the wind picks up, you're happy with par."