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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Colleyville's Palmer races to early Colonial lead

By Randy Jennings

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Colleyville resident Ryan Palmer raced out to an early first-round lead at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial with an 8-under 62.

Morgan Hoffman was in second after a 64, and Matt Kuchar, Daniel Summerhays, Matt Every and Tommy Gainey were another shot back at 5-under.

Palmer began his round on No. 10 and had no bogeys and eight birdies, including four in a row on No. 14-17.

Kuchar said Colonial never plays easy, but getting a crack at the tight par-70 layout on a day with a wind speed of no more than 10 mph instead of the normal Texas wind of 20 mph was an advantage for the early starters.

The afternoon wave began teeing off at noon.