The course conditions at the Crowne Plaza Inviational at Colonial were expected to be favorable, with recent rains softening the greens and fairways. That was still mostly the case early in Round 1, which was delayed three hours due to more rain Thursday morning.
Once the weather cleared -- and tournament officials ruled golfers could play preferred lies in the fairway -- George McNeill led the morning groups with a 4-under 31 on the front nine. McNeill, in the first group of the day, teed off No. 1 at 10 a.m. with a slight wind but no rain. A light drizzle picked up once he reached No. 6 but subsided by the time he made the turn.
He birdied the first three holes and parred No. 4 and No. 5, the last two legs of Colonial’s “Horrible Horseshoe.” After a par on No. 6 and No. 7, McNeill tapped in for birdie on the par 3 No. 8 and saved par on No. 9. His tee shot on 9 went right, into the rough. But after pitching out to the left side of the fairway, he was able to control an approach shot from about 100 yards to within 15 feet of the hole. He sank the down hill putt.
Jason Bohn shot a 3-under 32 on the front nine after he birdied two of the final four holes on the front.Kevin Na, Tony Finau and Jon Curran were in the early mix, too, as each posted 2-under 33 on their first nine.
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