Defending Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial champion Adam Scott would dearly love another daily hot start like last year.
“I was told I played the first five holes the best in tournament history,” said Scott. “And 3, 4 and 5 are difficult holes, so that’s obviously a big leg up on the field.”
In four rounds last year, Scott recorded eight birdies and one bogey on Nos. 1 through 5. He finished the tournament at 9-under and beat Jason Dufner in a playoff.
“I’m not going to focus on the first five only this week,” he adds, “But it certainly helps to get off to a good start on those first five holes because then you’ve got an opportunity for a good score.”
A somber Patrick Reed navigated his way around Colonial Country Club on Wednesday carrying the memory of Tuesday’s death of a relative on his wife’s side of the family.
“It's Justine's cousin,” said Reed, who had plans to play abroad but was a late addition to the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. “We wanted to stay close to home and wanted to say our last good-byes before he left.”
Reed is No. 8 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup rankings and won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January. He shot a 2-under 68 in the Pro-Am.
“This week's more personal than all the other weeks,” Reed said. “With him gone, I'm playing for him and hopefully I can go out and really get it going and give him a couple of last cheers to hear.
“It's a tough week for us, but we're going to get through it. We're going to play some more and hopefully go win for him.”