Zach Grabs First-Round Lead at Historic Colonial


Zach Johnson proved once again Thursday there's truth in the old adage: "There are horses for courses."

The former Masters champ and John Deere Classic board member opened with a 6-under par 64 at Colonial Country Club in Ft. Worth to take the first-round lead in the Crowne Plaza Invitational.

The Cedar Rapids, Ia. native has a one-stroke lead over four players: rookie Harris English, journeyman Tom Gillis, Nationwide Tour graduate Kyle Reifers, and the laid back Jason Dufner, who won his second tournament of the year last week at the Byron Nelson Championship.

In six tournaments at Colonial over the course of his career, Zach has three top 10s - including a victory in 2010 - and never has finished lower than a tie for 30th. Last year, he finished fourth behind champion David Toms, who recorded his first PGA Tour victory in the Quad Cities in 1997.

On Thursday, Zach started his day on the back nine, where he reeled off five birdies in the first seven holes to go out in 30. He added a sixth birdie on the par 4 third hole to get to 6-under. He had no bogeys.

"Today was great," Zach said. "I got off to a good start. I just hit quality shots. I didn't put myself ever in a position that was too worrisome. I drove the ball fine. I just kept the golf course in front of me. I attacked when I could attack. I had a couple of nice saves when I needed [them]...I've got zero co

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