Colonial first round, Zach Johnson leads Crowne Plaza Invitational. May 26 2012
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Zach Johnson had a bogey-free -6 under par 64, that gave him a one-stroke lead after the first round in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, where the 20-30 mph winds, with higher gusts whipped through the big oak trees lining the fairways. Zach was pretty happy with his first round, saying;
"Today was great. I got off to a good start, just hit some quality shots. I didn't put myself ever in a position that was too worrisome. I kept the golf course in front me. I attacked when I could attack. I had a couple of nice saves when I needed it. I feel good. Health-wise is good. I have had some guys that have done some nice work with me from a physical standpoint. I am breaking down. I am 36, right? I'm not saying I practice a ton, I don't have kids, but I practice a lot and as a result my body breaks down. So I give that enough emphasis. I drove the ball fine. I just kept the golf course in front of me. I attacked when I could attack. I had a couple of nice saves when I needed it. I think I missed the shortest, the putt I had for birdie that was the shortest I think I missed. But then I made my share, too. So it probably did even out in the end. I felt like I could have had some more. I made a couple of bombs, too. I've got zero complaints. I controlled my trajectory in the wind nice."
Zach sunk a 40-foot birdie putt at the 396-yard 10th hole, he said of that putt;
"The big putt that got me going. " Zach then had four consecutive birdies, a span that included two par 3s and all the putts were between 14-21 feet. Not bad going.
Jason Dufner, winner of the HP Byron Nelson Championship last week, started at Colonial with three consecutive birdies, and was 5 under par after a ten foot birdie putt at the 174-yard eighth hole. Jason was one of four players to finish just one shot behind Zach, with a -5 under par 65. The others tied in second place were, Harris English, Tom Gillis and Kyle Reifers.
Harris English had never played a full round at Colonial until Thursday, but said he had a good solid round of golf;
"Three bogey-free rounds I have had in a row, which I've never done. I'm playing solid golf and not really getting out of position. I'm getting my putter going. I'm hitting it to 15 or 20 feet a lot and seemed to be making a good many of those. It's just been good."
Jason Dufner had a nice round;
"Iit was a nice round today. The upper wind this afternoon made it a little tougher on the game and get the right hook, so a good start 5 under. I will comeback tomorrow in the morning. Hopefully the wind will lay down, and I will have another good round on the board."
Rickie Fowler opened with a -2 under par round of 68, which he said was decent but not good enough;
"Decent. Not good, not bad. It's nice to make two birdies in the last three holes and get back under par and give me some momentum."