Hunter Mahan got off to a hot start Thursday at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, shooting 6-under 29 on the front nine. But he slowed down on the back, double-bogeying his final hole for a 4-under 66.
He’s a shot back of leader Dustin Johnson, who fired a bogey-free 65 in the first round.
Here are some highlights from the day in Fort Worth:
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Update #10: 4:50 p.m. EDT
Hunter Mahan’s lead is now only one shot after he picks up his first bogey of the day at the par-4 12th hole.
Mahan is one clear of four players, including Jason Dufner and Dustin Johnson.
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Update #9: 4:35 p.m. EDT
The stars are beginning to rise to the top, as Jason Dufner and Jordan Spieth have both moved to within two shots of the lead as they head down their respective back nines.
Dufner is bogey-free through 12 holes, picking up four birdies, three on the front nine.
Meanwhile, Spieth had four birdies and three birdies on his front nine, but has started the back nine with three consecutive birdies to vault up the leaderboard.
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Update #8: 3:55 p.m. EDT
While Mahan is creating plenty of buzz, Dustin Johnson now deserves some attention as well, as he makes the turn at 4 under and is T-2, just two shots back of Mahan.
Johnson birdied both Nos. 8 and 9 to make a leap up the leaderboard.
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Update #7: 3:40 p.m. EDT
Hunter Mahan is making it look easy right now, as he has an eagle and four birdies through eight holes to sit at 6 under and two shots up on the field.
Mahan has four top-10 finishes in 13 starts on Tour this season, although his last one was at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at the beginning of March. He had missed two of his last three cuts, including the Players Championship after rounds of 73-78.
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Update #6: 2:40 p.m. EDT
TCU’s Julien Brun opted to play at the Crowne Plaza instead of accepting an invite to play at the NCAA Championship as an individual, but the early returns aren’t so good, as Brun fired a 7-over 77 in the opening round.
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Update #5: 2:35 p.m. EDT
A couple of hot hands on the course right now, as Brice Garnett has four birdies through seven holes to jump into a share of the lead.
Meanwhile, Hunter Mahan opens eagle-birdie to move to 3 under and just a shot off the lead.
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Update #4: 2:30 p.m. EDT
And just like that there is a new leader in the clubhouse, as Tim Wilkinson birdies the 17th for his fourth of the day against no bogeys, carding a 4-under 66 to lead both Jimmy Walker and Tim Clark by one shot.
Wilkinson has six career top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour, with his best season coming in 2008 when he had three of those.
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Update #3: 1:28 p.m. EDT
Adam Scott wasn’t the only star to get off to a poor start, as Matt Kuchar posted a 2-over 72 after he picked up five bogeys. Kevin Stadler will also need to rally on Friday after a 4-over 74, while Rickie Fowler struggled to a 10-over 80.
Fowler had two triple-bogeys on the day and even birdied his final hole of the day to get to an 80. After the round, Fowler said that he has been suffering from flu-like symptoms.
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Update #2: 1:20 p.m. EDT
Jimmy Walker finishes off his round with a par for a bogey-free, 3-under 67 to share the clubhouse lead with Tim Clark.
Clark had five birdies and a pair of bogeys on his round.
Meanwhile, Adam Scott continues to sputter a bit, picking up a 1-over 71 on Thursday. He started his round with four bogeys on his first nine, only to come back in with three birdies to salvage his first 18 holes.
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Update #1: 1 p.m. EDT
Jimmy Walker, a three-time winner on Tour already this season, is off to a hot start at the Crowne Plaza, picking up three birdies through 17 holes to hold a share of the early lead in Fort Worth.
Already in the clubhouse in the red are Graham DeLaet and Jim Furyk after 1-under 69s.
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Jim Furyk tops our senior writers’ predictions for the PGA Tour’s 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial this week in Fort Worth, Texas. But it’s hard to pick a winner before play begins on PGA Tour, so see who else they think will be in the mix.
Looking for a U.S. Open winner? If you consider the world ranking of the past 10 champions, the average is 31.2, or No. 31, and currently that name would be . . . Webb Simpson. Not a bad choice, given that he not only has a U.S. Open victory to his credit but will be playing in his native North Carolina when the big stage is set up at Pinehurst No. 2. Simpson was ranked 14th when he won the national championship at The Olympic Club in 2012.
Frenchman Victor Dubuisson was expected to return to action for the first time since missing the cut at the Masters. Instead, the world’s 23rd-ranked player has withdrawn from the BMW PGA Championship. Seems he’s been bothered by nagging pain in his right shoulder, which also led him to withdraw from The Players Championship a couple of weeks ago. Also, Gary Woodland is surging ahead with consistent play in recent weeks – plus more from the pro ranks of golf.
How did HP Byron Nelson Championship winner Brendon Todd celebrate his first Tour victory? By hanging around and eating free pizza with his wife, Rachel, at the media center. Apparently, that’s how the Todds roll. In Fort Worth a week later, he’s out to try to repeat.
Tiger Woods on Monday hardly sounded like someone who will be ready to play in the June 12-15 U.S. Open at Pinehurst or even his own tournament, the June 26-29 Quicken Loans National. Recovering from March 31 microdiscectomy surgery that dealt with a pinched back nerve, Woods said he has been able to chip and putt but that there is no timetable on when he can make full swings.
In the wake of a record-extending win on European Tour, Miguel Angel Jimenez is moving closer to qualifying for the European team in this year’s Ryder Cup – and Joost Luiten isn’t far behind.
Considering that he’s a month shy of the 14th anniversary of his debut as a professional golfer, you could say Adam Scott has traveled a long road to reach No. 1 in the world. Though he did not play last week, Scott officially surpassed Tiger Woods by the slimmest of margins and he’ll tee it up as the No. 1 player in the world at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial this week.
Given the rash of bogeys, the latest over-par round and the continued frustrations, what Brandt Snedeker didn’t need as he hit balls at the practice range was accompanying music. Snedeker likely didn’t even hear the bagpiper whose chords wafted down from the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse; so intent on hitting driver after driver after driver, Snedeker spent a massive amount of energy in a short period of time. A man on a mission, presumably.