Three days after qualifying for the British Open, Kentuckian Josh Teater fired an opening round 65 in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. He trails Ryan Palmer who led the way with an 8-under 62.
Palmer, a Colonial member, matched the first-round record at Hogan's Alley to take a one-stroke lead over John Rollins.
The bogey-free 62 equaled Palmer's lowest round on the PGA Tour. Teater's round included seven birdies and two bogeys.
Palmer and longtime caddie James Edmondson are full dues-paying members at Colonial. Edmondson is even the reigning club champion, winning the title for the third time last year.
Graham DeLaet, wearing pants with a plaid design similar to the jacket Colonial winners get, matched Morgan Hoffmann, David Hearn and John Peterson at 64. Matt Kuchar, No. 13 in the world ranking and the highest-ranked player in the 136-man invitational field, was in a group of six at 65 which includes Teater.
Defending Colonial champ Zach Johnson had an opening 69.