David Toms and Chez Reavie, both of the US, shared the lead at the Colonial tournament after carding identical 62s in the first round on Thursday.
Reavie and Toms, who has 12 career USPGA titles, both got off to superb starts, shooting bogey-free rounds at the Colonial Country Club. Toms has the second-round lead for the 11th time in his career and Reavie has had it just once before.
“Getting off to a good start,” Toms said. “I just need a fast finish, I guess. It was one of those days today where the hole just looked big and I putted extremely well.”
Last week, the 44-year-old Toms almost won his first tournament in five years, losing in a playoff to South Korea’s K.J. Choi at the Players Championship.
It marked Toms’ best round since January 2006 when he fired a 61 at the Sony Open.
Rickie Fowler of the US opened with a 63. He had a double-bogey on 18 which prevented him from matching the Colonial course record.
Toms has rebounded nicely after missing a short putt last week on the first hole of the playoff with Choi that would have sent to them to another playoff hole.
Brendon de Jonge, Stewart Cink, Brian Gay, Nathan Green of Australia and Charlie Wi each shot 64s, one shot better than Rod Pampling, Mark Wilson and Australia’s John Senden. Wi was the only one of the top 11 who played in the breezy afternoon conditions.