Palmer Takes 1st Round Colonial Lead

Ryan Palmer hits his tee shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial at  Colonia Country Club on May 23, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Ryan Palmer hits his tee shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial at Colonia Country Club on May 23, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

FORT WORTH (AP) – Colonial member Ryan Palmer shot an 8-under 62 on Thursday to match the first-round record at Hogan’s Alley and take a one-stroke lead over John Rollins.

The bogey-free 62 equaled Palmer’s lowest round on the PGA Tour.

Palmer and longtime caddie James Edmondson are full dues-paying members at Colonial. Edmondson is even the reigning club champion, winning the title for the third time last year.

Graham DeLaet, wearing pants with a plaid design similar to the jacket Colonial winners get, matched Morgan Hoffmann, David Hearn and John Peterson at 64. Matt Kuchar, No. 13 in the world ranking and the highest-ranked player in the 136-man invitational field, was in a group of six at 65.

Defending Colonial champ Zach Johnson had an opening 69.

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