Casey, Poulter on song in Texas
Paul Casey and Ian Poulter continued their impressive form in the first round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational in Texas.
Paul Casey and Ian Poulter continued their impressive form in the first round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational in Texas on Thursday.
The pair carded four under-par 66s to be three shots off the clubhouse lead that was shared three-ways by Woody Austin, Steve Stricker and South African Tim Clark.
Of those three only Stricker returned a blemished card after he bogeyed the par-three fourth, but eight further birdies ensured he joined the leaders one stroke ahead of Ryder Cup star Kenny Perry and Vijay Singh.
Casey, winner of the BMW PGA Championship on Sunday and up to third in the world rankings, stayed in touch with the leaders following a steady day around Colonial.
The 31-year-old got off to the perfect start with birdies at the first and fifth before saving par on the seventh after finding a fairway bunker off the tee.
Casey did drop a shot at the eighth but bounced back on the next with a birdie from 14 feet to reach the turn in 33.
He recorded par on his next six holes before back-to-back birdies at 16 and 17 kept him in touching distance at the top.
Poulter, second to Ryder Cup team-mate Henrik Stenson in the Players Championship earlier this month, started from the 10th and birdied his opening hole.
He missed out on a birdie at the par-five 11th, but made amends with another on the 12th.
The 33-year-old picked up another shot on the 16th to reach the turn in 32, and added a fourth on the third.
His only setback came with a double-bogey six on the fifth, but he bounced straight back with a birdie on the sixth and added another on the eighth.
England’s Greg Owen and Luke Donald carded opening round 68s to lie two under, while Justin Rose was a stroke further back.
All the first round scores in the USPGA Tour Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America.
(USA unless stated, par 70):
63 Steve Stricker, Woody Austin, Tim Clark (Rsa)
64 Kenny Perry, Vijay Singh (Fij)
65 Sean O’Hair, Jason Day (Aus)
66 Paul Casey (Eng), Kevin Na, Steve Marino, Justin Leonard, Ian Poulter (Eng), Kevin Sutherland
67 Aron Price (Aus), Joe Ogilvie, David Toms, Harrison Frazar, James Nitties (Aus), Mark Wilson, Tommy Armour III, Charlie Wi (Kor), Chad Campbell, Rocco Mediate
68 Brian Gay, Greg Owen (Eng), Derek Fathauer, Dean Wilson, Nicholas Thompson, Stephen Ames (Can), Adam Scott (Aus), John Senden (Aus), Tom Lehman, Kevin Streelman, George McNeill, Mark Calcavecchia, Mathew Goggin (Aus), Jim Furyk, Fredrik Jacobson (Swe), Ian Baker-finch (Aus), Luke Donald (Eng), Ryan Moore
69 Jeff Overton, Nick O’Hern (Aus), James Driscoll, Matt Bettencourt, Heath Slocum, Danny Lee (Nzl), Justin Rose (Eng), Ryan Palmer, Mike Weir (Can), Ryuji Imada (Jpn), Marc Turnesa, Jason Bohn, Brian Davis (Eng), Jason Dufner, Zach Johnson, Chris DiMarco, Ted Purdy, Tom Pernice Jnr., Hunter Mahan, Anthony Kim
70 Jerry Kelly, Michael Bradley, Bart Bryant, Lucas Glover, Davis Love III, Jeff Quinney, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus), Matt Kuchar, Greg Kraft, Alex Cejka (Ger), John Rollins, Jeff Maggert, Paul Goydos, Keith Clearwater, Johnson Wagner, Scott Verplank, Briny Baird
71 Vaughn Taylor, Todd Hamilton, Webb Simpson, Ben Crane, Bob Estes, Brett Quigley, Ken Duke, Brandt Jobe, Bo Van Pelt, Matt Weibring, Rory Sabbatini (Rsa), Tim Herron, John Merrick, Mark Brooks, Steve Flesch, Lee Janzen, Stewart Cink, Richard S Johnson (Swe), J J Henry, J.B. Holmes, Corey Pavin, Rich Beem, Carl Pettersson (Swe)
72 Billy Mayfair, J.P. Hayes, Parker McLachlin, Chez Reavie, Jeff Klauk, Will MacKenzie, Tim Petrovic, Jonathan Byrd
73 D.A. Points, Rodney Pampling (Aus), Charley Hoffman, Trevor Immelman (Rsa), Cameron Beckman, Scott Piercy
74 Dudley Hart, Fulton Allem (Rsa), Daniel Chopra (Swe), Y.E. Yang (Kor), Peter Lonard (Aus)
75 Steve Lowery, D.J. Trahan
76 Troy Matteson
79 Bill Lunde
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