Ryan Palmer blistered the Colonial Country Club on Thursday, and got in the clubhouse at 62, which is an -8 under par on this par 70 layout that hosts the Crowne Plaza Invitational. It’s probably not fair because Palmer graduated from Texas A&M University, and is a member at Colonial. Palmer is one of the longest hitters on the Tour, averaging 317 yards off the tee, and today, he hit the fairways at an 85% clip. His long drive of the day was 353 yards.
The 62 ties Palmers career low, and ties a record for low first rounds posted on the PGA Tour, and is the fifth time he has went this low in the first round. The course record at Colonial is a 61, posted by six different players including Keith Clearwater, Lee Janzen, Greg Kraft, Justin Leonard, Kenny Perry, and Chad Campbell.
Ryan Palmer has been close all year to getting a win, and started on the back nine Thursday morning. His big birdie run started on the 14th hole, and he was able to make the turn at -4 under. He duplicated the score on the front, with a pair of birdies at six and seven before ending with one at nine.
The 27 year-old Palmer was born in Amarillo, and makes his home in nearby Colleyville. He missed a couple of cuts this season, and finished in a tie for 33rd place last week at Las Colinas. He had a T5 at the Players Championship, and a sole fifth place at The Waste Management in Phoenix where he shot a 62 in the final round.
He turned pro in 2000, and has three victories on the PGA Tour. His last win was at the 2010 Sony Open in Hawaii. Maybe with his local knowledge, this will be his week to pick up his fourth win.
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