Ryan Palmer shot a 1st round 62 to lead the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club by just one shot from John Rollins. Ryan is at -8 under par with John at -7, both players are members at Colonial Country Club.
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Ryan Palmer was reacting to a challenge from his caddy, James Edmondson;
” See if you can match my low score on this course.”
Ryan laughed as he said;
“What do you do when you get that thrown at you, we had a good laugh on that one. I felt comfortable over every tee shot, the way I hit it, I drew it up perfectly like I wanted to. It helps, obviously, the experience I have had here, I can’t begin to tell you what it would mean if it happens, hopefully I’ll be able to tell you on Sunday. This is what I dream about when I play here every year. This is the one tournament I gear up for the most.”
John Rollins is already thinking of a showdown with Ryan on Sunday;
“I think it’s pretty cool, it would be fun if we could fast forward this to Sunday. I think he is a pretty permanent fixture in the men’s group, I know a lot of people know that Ryan is a member. A lot of people may not know that I’m a member here. Hopefully by the end of the week they will, I hope I come out on top.
There are three players tied in third place at -6 under par; they are, Morgan Hoffman, Canadians David Hearn, and Graham DeLaet and John Peterson.
Morgan comes into this tournament after a tie for fifth at last week’s HP Byron Nelson Championship, he said it was a confidence booster;
” Last week was a big confidence booster.”
Graham said he thought they got lucky with the weather;
” I think we got pretty lucky, the wind really didn’t kick up too hard and you kind of expect low scoring out here if you can just keep the ball in play and make a few putts.”