Perks takes overnight lead at Colonial

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

Craig Perks had a bogey-free six-under-par round of 64, including two chip-in birdies, to take the overnight lead after the first round at the Colonial.

Perks takes overnight lead at Colonial

Fort Worth, Texas:

Craig Perks had a bogey-free six-under-par round of 64, including two chip-in birdies, to take the overnight lead after the first round at the Colonial. The Kiwi leads by a stroke over Swede Jesper Parnevik, another golfer looking for a big comeback. Steve Flesch, who birdied four of his first five holes, and Stewart Cink were among five golfers on 66 while defending champion Kenny Perry shot 67, a Colonial-record eighth successive sub-par round in this tournament. Missing from Hogan's Alley in Fort Worth, Texas this year are Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam, who at last year's Colonial became the first woman in 58 years to play on the PGA Tour. Phil Mickelson, the Colonial's highest-ranked player (number two on the money list) and the 2000 champion, opened with a 71. Jeff Maggert was among the five players who finished on 66, two strokes behind Perks. Maggert began the day with an eagle on one and a birdie on two. He also made two birdies on the back nine to finish on four-under par. Sweden's Jesper Parnevik also started wella€"with birdies on one and two, and was three-under through five holes. He also carded three more birdies in his last six holes, but a three-putt bogey on the 448-yard 14th cost him a share of the lead. Parnevik struggled last year to break the top 125, failing to make at least $1 million for the first time since 1996. The Swede has made 10 of his 12 cuts this year, his three top-10 finishes coming in consecutive tournaments in February. He has moved up to 46th on the money list, even with a best finish of 27th his last six events. Elsewhere, Australian Aaron Baddeley was well-placed after his round of 68. He was among a group of 13 at two-under-par. John Senden was also solid yesterday, notching five birdies and just one bogey to finish at four-under, just two strokes off the pace. Sergio Garcia, coming off a play-off win at the Nelson, shot a two-over-par 72, but turned in the shot of the day with his approach on the 14th hole. (AP)



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