Published: Fri, May 26, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Three tied for first-round lead, Jordan Spieth five back

Three tied for first-round lead, Jordan Spieth five back

The Fairmont native has played at Colonial in each of his seven full seasons on the PGA Tour, making the cut in five of his previous six appearances.

Rookie Jon Rahm claimed two trophies at Colonial Country Club, but the two-time Ben Hogan Award victor had never played the course until this week. I feel like I've got my set up back to where I want it.

Spieth has missed the cut in back-to-back starts and three of his last four starts overall.

"I was really exhausted on Monday and Tuesday, really low on energy", Langer said. After 5-under led to a T27 finish in 2015, he cracked the top-15 for the first time a year ago after shooting 7-under led to a T13 finish.

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"The golf game is good. I got up early at 5 a.m. and went through my stretching routine and stuff and then heard about the delay, so sat around for an hour and a half, got all stiff again, so that part didn't help".

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Both have recorded victories already in 2017 but the game has just got the better of them lately so a little bit of mental fortitude will be required to go with the unquestionable talent.

The dual European Tour victor is gradually getting a foothold in the US and his performance at Colonial 12 months ago was his best effort (T6) from a rookie season that saw him retain his status by finishing just inside the top 125 on the Money List. He excels in approaching the green where he's 18 in strokes gained on tour. By his own admission, Palmer returned with "some bad habits" after taking a golf hiatus from September to January following Jennifer's diagnosis. His first round scoring average ranks just 104 among Tour pros while his second round ranks fourth, so if he can put together a decent opening scorecard, watch out. But the numbers are trending in the right direction.

"I had a very good yardage", Langer said. "There is definitely a little added pressure there trying to get back". He's missing more greens, therefore putting more pressure on his putting. "That started freeing me up". David Hearn (+15500) was 17th here a year ago.

If he can climb into the top-125 by season's end he will claim back his full playing rights for 2018 and despite a scratchy record at this event knows he needs to produce the goods this week.

With the Memorial being played next week, Jason Day is taking the week off and Adam Scott, who is a previous victor, is also not in this week's field.

So, how about a plaid jacket on Sunday? "Ryan is certainly capable and we've seen that".

"It would be awesome", Tothe said.

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