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May 23 2013

3:58 PM

Summerhays dresses for birdie success

Orange and gray have worked well for Summerhays this month. (Ehrmann/Getty Images)

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Earlier this month, Daniel Summerhays wore an orange shirt and gray slacks for the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship. He posted eight birdies that day en route to a 5-under 67.

On Thursday in the first round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, he wore the same outfit ... and tied his career-high with nine birdies en route to shooting a 5-under 65.

Coincidence? He thinks not.

"It's probably the orange and gray outfit," Summerhays said. "I seem to make a lot of birdies in this outfit.

"Maybe I can wash this a little bit and use it the rest of the day."

Had it not been for a double bogey at the par-4 ninth when his approach shot landed in the water guarding the front of the green, he'd be right on the heels of Ryan Palmer, the leader who shot a bogey-free 62 with eight birdies.

Summerhays had an early tee time Thursday, and with almost no wind, conditions at Colonial were ripe for scoring. He doesn't expect it to stay that way.

"It's going to start showing its teeth," said Summerhays, whose best result this year a a tie for seventh at the Valero Texas Open, his last start in the state. "I was glad to make the birdies while I could."

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