Los Angeles – Kevin Na carded a sparkling 62 to lead the Fort Worth
Invitational at the completion of the first round of action.
Na made an eagle as well as six birdies to finish at
eight-under-par at the Colonial Country Club, one stroke ahead of Charlie
Hoffman, who sank seven birdies in his bogey-free round earlier in the day.
Na’s round finished with a fortunate chip-in-birdie but it
could have been so different.
Na’s remarkable shot came after a heated exchange with
long-time caddie Kenny Harms regarding what club to hit for the approach.
Na ended up missing badly as the ball sailed over the green
and settled up against the grandstand.
“That chip was almost impossible and I don’t know how it
went in but I’ll take it,” he told Golf Channel.
“It worked out great, I got a good break.”
Harms added that all is well that ends well.
“I said it three or four times, ‘no, no, I don’t like it’,”
“But he makes the ultimate decision and it turns out he was
right again, it was the right club.”
Emiliano Grillo, Beau Hossler, Andrew Putnam and Jhonattan
Vegas were all tied for third at six-under.
While Steve Stricker, who appeared to injure his back on the
fourth hole, recovered nicely to shoot a 65.
Leading first-round scores on Thursday in the US PGA Tour Fort Worth Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas (USA unless noted, par-70):
62 – Kevin Na
63 – Charley Hoffman
64 – Emiliano Grillo (ARG), Jhonattan Vegas (VEN), Andrew Putnam, Beau Hossler
65 – Steve Stricker
66 – Ben Martin, Kevin Tway, Shawn Stefani, Alex Cejka (GER), Tim Herron, Rory Sabbatini (RSA), Ben Crane, Justin Rose (ENG), Satoshi Kodaira (JPN), Chris Kirk, Ben Silverman (CAN)
67 – Derek Fathauer, Martin Piller, Louis Oosthuizen (RSA), Vaughn Taylor, Bill Haas, Rickie Fowler, Anirban Lahiri (IND), Tyrone Van Aswegen (RSA), Matt Kuchar, Stewart Cink, Tom Lovelady