Josh Teater chased his opening 65 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial with a 3-under-par 30-37=67 in his second round to set the 36-hole clubhouse lead at 8-under 132.
Teater raced out to bogey-free 6-under through 10 holes today before running out of gas. He started the highlight show with an eight-yard conversion for birdie from the fringe at the par-4 12th. Conventional birdies from 11'6", 29'1" and 21'3" ensued at Nos. 14, 15 and 18, respectively. After three bogeys coming in, he wiggled in a par save from 10'4" at the ninth to conclude his round with a relatively good taste in his mouth.
Luke Donald completed 36 holes of the BMW PGA Championship in 6-over-par 78-72=150 and will miss the cut.
No threepeat for the Brit, although he really should have been going for four in a row if not for a meltdown on the 71st hole at Wentworth in 2010 when he settled for a co-runner-up finish. This week he hit only 20 greens in regulation and still amassed 60 putts. He poured in five birdies today but still couldn't break par.
Sergio Garcia settled for an even-par 35-37=72 in his opening round of the BMW PGA Championship.
This, of course, was his first round since his racially senstive comment earlier in the week. Given the conditions in England today, it's not a bad score, but he saved his round with an eagle-3 at the (in)famous 18th hole. Prior to that, he holed four birdies and swallowed four bogeys and a double.
Colonial Country Club member Ryan Palmer thrashed his home course for eight birdies en route to a bogey-free, 8-under-par 31-31=62 in his opening round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Palmer split 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation en route to a career-tying low on the PGA TOUR. It's the fifth time he's signed for a 62 and the second time this season (final round; WM Phoenix Open). Today's gave him a comfortable clubhouse lead as the afternoon wave begins. Three of his birdies disappeared from beyond 10 feet, the longest of which 17'3" at the 14th hole. At the time he signed his card, he owned the longest drive of the day (353 yards, par-5 11th hole) while his strokes gained-putting split sat north of 2.700. He tied for fifth in this event last year and posted a T5 at THE PLAYERS two weeks ago.
Charley Hoffman signed for a 4-under-par 36-30=66 following his opening round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Props to Blondilocks for reeling in a red number today. He started on the 10th hole and was 3-over after seven. That early stumble included a rinsed tee ball at the par-3 13th where he'd roll in a putt for bogey from 11'8". After a three-putt for bogey from just inside 20 feet at the par-4 14th, he found water off the tee again, this time at the par-3 16th. Hoffman then settled down and played his final 11 holes in bogey-free 7-under with seven birdies, four of which finding the cup from outside 12 feet. The highlight of the bunch was the first one, a 29-footer at 17. He concluded his round sitting just four strokes off the clubhouse lead.
Tommy Gainey crafted a 5-under-par 32-33=65 in his opening round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial for a piece of the clubhouse lead.
Gainey was the fourth to post 65 today. He landed 14 greens in regulation and completed his round with a strokes gained-putting split just over 3.800. He got there thanks to a series of long-range conversions. In fact, of his six birdies, five measured 14'9" or longer. The highlights of the bunch found the cup from 38'4" (13th hole), 30'4" (second) and 29'10" (seventh). He placed third in last year's Colonial but didn't go this low in any round. And today's aggregate is his lowest in 47 rounds this season. Since he opened 2013 with a T6 at Kapalua, he's just 5-for-16 with no top 30s.
Matt Kuchar carded a 5-under-par 32-33=65 in his opening round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial to earn a share of the clubhouse lead.
Kuchar missed only three greens in regulation today. He offset a bogey-4 at the fourth hole with six birdies, including conversions of 11'1" and 21'3" at the 17th and first holes, respectively. He poised to extend his consecutive cuts made streak, which stood at 16 entering the week.