Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. D.J. In The Lead May 22 2014
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Dustin secured top spot at the Crowne Plaza Invitational with an opening round of -5 under par 65. He achieved that score using mainly a three iron off the tee;
"Makes things pretty easy,as long as I'm hitting my 3-iron straight. When I'm hitting out of the fairway, I'm going to be tough."
" I've got to keep doing what I'm doing, I've got a pretty good game plan for the golf course off the tee. So I'm going to stick to that, just trying to keep getting birdie looks on every hole."
Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tim Wilkinson and Harris English all scored -4 under par 66, for a share of third place.
Hunter carded a first round -4 under par 66, a bit disappointing seeing as he was at -6 after nine holes, he had this to say about the course;
" I'm surprised the afternoon rounds are better than the morning rounds. Usually that's flipped, so it's a little strange. But there were some tough pins out there and this course plays fast."
"This course is the easiest hard course we play all year. You could shoot five or six under like it's no big deal, and then tournament time comes around and all of a sudden the fairways get a little tighter."
Tim still has to use a driver off the tee, but the other guys using irons gives him a chance, he talked about his five missed cuts this season;
"If I could play this every week, I'd be a top-five player.Guess you just get in a bit of a funk, I haven't been playing terrible. Just haven't been scoring. "
New World Number One Adam Scott could only manage a +1 over par opening round, which could have been much worse. He still enjoyed the company he had today, playing alongside two-time Crowne Plaza champ Zach Johnson and current FedExCup points leader Jimmy Walker;
"It was a great group for me today, very comfortable to play with those guys. I thought I actually hit plenty of good shots and played from the fairway for 4 over, so it wasn't ideal. But I managed to tighten up on the back and make a couple of putts."
"I can't say I found my rhythm shooting four over, but I felt like everything was in a good spot. I just have to be a little patient, and I think sometimes on a course like this, you need to be. Even with a short iron or a wedge in your hand, you can't force it because bogeys are easy to come by."
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