The first round was halted for over an hour due to lightning in the area and
later was suspended due to darkness.
Putnam, whose best finish on the Web.com Tour this season is a tie for second
at the South Georgia Classic, had a pair of eagles and four birdies during his
bogey-free round at El Bosque Golf Club.
Clodomiro Carranza, James Nitties, Jeff Klauk and Mathew Goggin share second
after opening-round 66s, while Wes Roach, Troy Merritt, Stephan Jaeger, Nick
Rousey and Manuel Merizalde are in the clubhouse at 5-under 67.
Kiyoshi Murota and PGA Club Professional Sonny Skinner shared third place at
4-under 67 at the Champions Tour’s first major of the season.
“Just to be here is very special,” said Skinner. “I’m very thankful the PGA of
America has the eligibility requirement that they do that allows as many club
pros to get into our tournament as they do.”
Peter Senior and Chien-Soon Lu sit in a tie for fifth at Bellerive Country
Club at 3-under, while 39-time PGA Tour winner Tom Watson is among a large
Palmer, who has been a Colonial member since 2010, matched the lowest round of
his career and the lowest opening round in tournament history.
“It helps, obviously, the experience I have had here,” said the three-time PGA
John Rollins, also a Colonial member, is a shot off the pace after a first-
round 63, which marks his best round at the course by four strokes.
Morgan Hoffmann, David Hearn, Graham DeLaet and John Peterson are tied for
third place at 6-under 64, while world No. 13 Matt Kuchar continue
The event was already pushed back to a Friday start and reduced to 54 holes
after severe thunderstorms hit the course on Tuesday. As of Thursday, water
still covered parts of the ninth, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th holes, forcing
officials to implement a rather drastic strategy.
All players will tee off on the 10th hole Friday and then play the rest of the
course in the following order: Nos. 6-7-4-5-11-12-13-14-2-3-8. Officials aim
to complete 36 holes by Sunday, with a minimum of 12 holes continue
He assured me, though, that his anxieties quickly quelled with experience. He
found there was always a story. Every week, someone would do something worth
editorializing: something great, something historic, something altogether
And, boy, was he right.
This week’s case in point: the always reliable Sergio Garcia.
A repeat offender, Garcia rarely fails to disappoint when it comes to
generating a divisive story. And he outdid himself Tuesday at the European
Tour awards dinner when he told emcee Steve Sands that he would serve
hypothetical dinner guest Tiger Woods fried chicken.
Fried chicken? Really?
Garcia went full, despicable, continue