Thanks to opening-rounds of 5-under 65, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson and Anirban Lahiri are just one off the lead held by Bryce Molder after Day 1 at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational. Here's how things stand after 18 holes at Colonial Country Club:
What it means: The 37-year-old Molder has one victory, the 2011 Frys.com Open, in 251 prior starts on the PGA Tour, but he has racked up four top-10 finishes this season on Tour, including most recently a tie for eighth at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. One shot back, Lahiri, 56th in the world, is in search of his first PGA Tour victory; Reed, 13th in the world and ninth in Ryder Cup points, is looking for his first win since last year's Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii; and, finally, Simpson, the 2012 U.S. Open champion, has slipped to 95th in the world and is out to break a winless drought that dates back to October of 2013. Seprately, in his second (more-or-less) hometown event in as many weeks, world No. 2 Jordan Spieth is just three back shots back at 3 under par after a four-birdie, one-bogey 67.
Round of the day: Molder started his round with nine straight pars before adding six birdies, including four in a row on Nos. 6-9, en route to a back-nine 29 and a bogey-free 6-under 64.
Best of the rest: Reed and Lahiri went out in the early wave, while Simpson missed a 5-foot birdie putt late Thursday on his final hole that would have tied him for the lead.
Biggest disappointment: After proving the feel-good story of the Players Championship just two weeks ago, Ken Duke appears headed for another missed cut. Following rounds of 77-70 last week at the Byron Nelson, Duke sits alone in last place after 18 holes at Colonial after an opening 78.
Shot of the day: A three-time runner-up this season, Kevin Chappell turned in a 2-under 68 thanks in part to this eagle-2 from 158 yards at the par-4 10th:
Quote of the day: “It would mean a lot to the country to get a medal out of a game like golf, and probably put that in the forefront or in the spotlight. So for me, the Olympics is a very important event, maybe more so than a lot of guys who are going, because of that.” - Lahiri, when asked about the Zika virus and his plans to represent India in golf's return to the Olympics