Anthony Kim's rookie year on the PGA Tour has been chock full of accomplishments already. After reeling off six consecutive birdies - a PGA Tour high mark for the year - Kim's first-round 63 has him looking for his first victory as he holds the lead after a suspended first round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
Only half the field finished their first round at the event, after an afternoon thunderstorm flooded the course, and the round was suspended.
Kim, who has four Top-10 finishes and ranks No. 33 on the Tour's money list, took a week off following The Players Championship, where he stumbled to rounds of 78 and 83 in missing the cut. Following the first rain delay, Kim went on his birdie binge, with birdies on the final six holes to give him a 30 on his back nine.
"There really wasn't one thing. Usually when something turns around during a round you can tell. I don't know what it was," Kim told reporters following the round. "Maybe it was taking the head cover off finally and putting it, or opening my eyes. Something changed, and I don't really know what it was."
Ted Purdy and Jeff Maggert finished their first rounds with scores of 64, leaving them one shot off the lead. Nathan Green, Jeff Quinney and Peter Lonard completed their rounds with 65s, two shots back. Jim Furyk, the top-rated player at the event as top players like Phil Mickelson and Tiger Wooods chose to miss, was 1 under through just five holes before play was stopped.
Tim Herron, the defending champion who used a two-hole playoff to garner his first PGA Tour victory since 1999, shot his best opening-round of the season, a 67, making him one of 30 players who completed the round to come in at under par. Other notables include Lucas Glover (67), Davis Love (69) and Trevor Immelman (69).
For Kim, a Dallas native who starred at the University of Oklahoma, his score is the best by a rookie in the tournament's history, and just one shot back of the all-time best score of 62, put up by Patrick Sheehan in 2005. Kim, who bogied No. 12 before the first rain delay stopped play, said he took the time off to refocus his game.
"I gave myself quite a talking to, probably stuff I shouldn't be saying," Kim told reporters. "There really wasn't one thing. Usually when something turns around during a round you can tell. I don't know what it was."
May 25, 2007
Davis Love III, who played the final 57 holes of the Children's Miracle Network Classic without a bogey, finished at 25-under 263 in the season-ending event played at the Walt Disney World Golf Resort in Florida. It has been a long road back for Love, who severely sprained his ankle late last year. After tearing ligaments, he needed surgery, and he's spent much of this year rehabilitating the injury.
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