David Toms and Chez Reavie posted matching, bogey-free 62s in today's opening round at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. It appears they will wind up as the first round co-leaders because none of today's afternoon starters are making significant headway on the Colonial leader board.
Toms and Reavie matched the fastest start in Colonial history, set in the 2005 opening round by Patrick Sheehan. Worth remembering: Sheehan went on to finish in a tie for 71st that year despite his fast start. His final line: 62-72-75-76.
Behind Toms and Reavie is Rickie Fowler, the 2008 Ben Hogan Award winner from Oklahoma State. He posted a 63 that included a front-nine 29, one stroke off Wayne Levi's front-nine record (28). Fowler, who began his round on the back nine, reached the ninth tee -- his final hole of the day -- at 9-under par and needing a par to tie the Colonial course record (61) or a birdie to break it.
Instead, he splashed his approach into a greenside pond and took double-bogey.
Among a group of golfers at 64 are Stewart Cink, the 2009 British Open champ, as well as Brendan de Jonge, Brian Gay and Nathan Green.
Toms and Reavie matched the lowest score of the season on the 2011 PGA Tour. A total of seven different golfers have posted 62s at tour events this season.
_ Jimmy Burch