Colbert Cruises Into Lead

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Jim Colbert continued his solid play for 2001 on Friday, as he shot an 8-under-par 64 to grab the first round lead of the Home Depot Invitational.
 
Colbert went around the TPC at Piper Glen in eight birdies against no bogies on Day One and heads into Saturdays second round with a two-shot lead over defending champion Bruce Fleisher (66) and three shots better than Leonard Thompson (67) and tour funny man Gary McCord (67).
 
Colberts day began and ended with birdies, as he made a three at the par-4 1st, and then recorded a four at the closing par-5 18th. His 64 marks his second-best round for the season, runner-up only to a beautiful 62 in Februarys Mexico Senior Classic, where he ended in a tie for second.
 
Just two weeks following the good finish, Colbert won for the first time since 1998 at the SBC Senior Classic. He followed up the victory with a tie for fifth at the Siebel Classic in Silicon Valley and then teamed with Andy North to repeat as champions in the unofficial Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.
 
Following Fridays round in Charlotte, N.C., the 59-year-old would appear to be in good position to double-dip for the season.
 
Not if Fleisher has anything to do with it, however. Following his victory two weeks ago at the Las Vegas Senior Classic, Flash is seemingly just beginning to find his own form again.
 
Prior to his victory in Las Vegas, he had gone nearly nine months without a triumph on the 50-and-older circuit. On Friday, had it not been for a back-to-back bogies at the 10th and 11th holes, he would have been tied with Colbert for the lead.
 
Amongst a large group tied on the 4-under mark are Countrywide Tradition winner Doug Tewell, Allen Doyle and Vicente Fernandez. Jim Thorpe is 3-under following an opening round of 69.
 
Full-field scores from the Home Depot Invitational