Sheehan Misses Record Earns Lead


FT. WORTH, Texas -- Patrick Sheehan had a shot at both 59 and the Colonial Country Club record of 61 Thursday, but finished par-bogey for an 8-under 62. Still, he holds the first-round lead in the Bank of America Colonial by two strokes.
Patrick Sheehan
Patrick Sheehan had little trouble pulling the right clubs Thursday at Colonial.
Brian Bateman and D.J. Trahan share second place at 6-under-par 64. Brandt Jobe, Kevin Na and 2003 Colonial winner Kenny Perry are one stroke further back at minus-5.
Sheehan got off to a flying start with birdies at one and two. After a par on the third, he moved to minus-3 with a chip-in birdie on the par-3 fourth. The 35-year-old came right back with a birdie on the fifth.
'Well, I got off to a great start,' Sheehan said. 'I hit the fairway on the first hole, which is no easy thing to do. I hit a poor bunker shot with my third, but made a nice 15-footer from there. And then it got crazy from there.'
The Rhode Island native kept rolling with another chip-in birdie on the sixth. Sheehan made it four straight birdies at the seventh. He climbed to 7 under with a birdie on the eighth at Colonial Country Club.
Sheehan, however, stumbled to a double bogey at the ninth after a bad tee shot to make the turn at 5 under. The University of Hartford alum caught fire again on the back nine.
He drained a 40-foot birdie try on No. 10 and got up and down for birdie from a bunker on the 11th. Sheehan sank a birdie putt from just inside 12 feet out at the par-3 13th to get to minus-8.
Sheehan converted a stellar up-and-down par on 15 and came back with a birdie on 16 from 13 feet out to get to minus-9.
With the magical 59 and the course record of 61 in his sights, Sheehan could only par the 17th. He then stumbled to a bogey at the last after his tee shot found the trees left of the fairway to end at minus-8.
'On 17, my caddie and I were thinking about 59 if we birdied the last two holes,' said Sheehan. 'It didn't happen, but that's alright. It was a great round.'
Trahan started on the 10th tee and jumped out with birdies on 10 and 11. He slipped to a bogey on the 12th, but rebounded with a birdie on the 14th. The Clemson University alum moved to 3 under with a birdie on the 17th.
Around the turn, Trahan picked up another birdie on the first to get to 4 under. The 24-year-old carded his sixth birdie on the third, but faltered to a bogey at the next to drop back to 4 under. Trahan collected two more birdies on his way in to share second place.
Bateman also got off to a good start as he eagled the par-5 first. He ran off back-to-back birdies from the fifth to move to 4 under. However, the 32-year-old stumbled to a bogey on the seventh.
He came right back with a birdie on the eight to make the turn at minus-4. Bateman then birdied the par-5 11th. He moved into a tie for second with a birdie at the par-4 17th.
Ted Purdy, who won the EDS Byron Nelson Championship last week, opened with a 4-under-par 66. He shares seventh place with Stephen Leaney, Harrison Frazar, Rod Pampling and Kirk Triplett. Billy Mayfair and Justin Leonard lead a group of six players one stroke further back at minus-3.
Steve Flesch, the defending champion, had his streak of eight straight rounds under par snapped as he opened with a 8-over 79. He is in next-to-last place.
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