FORT WORTH, May 20, 2011 (AFP) - Americans David Toms and Chez Reavie shared the lead at the $6.2 million Colonial tournament after carding identical 62s in the first round on Thursday.
Reavie and Toms, who has 12 career USPGA titles, both got off to superb starts, shooting bogey free rounds at the Colonial Country Club. Toms has the second round lead for the 11th time in his career and Reavie has had it just once before.
"Getting off to a good start," Toms said. "I just need a fast finish, I guess. It was one of those days today where the hole just looked big, and I putted extremely well."
Last week, the 44-year-old Toms almost won his first tournament in five years, losing in a playoff to South Korea's KJ Choi at the Players Championship.
It marked Toms' best round since January 2006 when he fired a 61 at the Sony Open.
American Rickie Fowler opened with a 63 Thursday. He had a double bogey on 18 which prevented him from matching the Colonial course record.
Toms has rebounded nicely after missing a short putt last week on the first hole of the playoff with Choi that would have sent to them to another playoff hole.
"It is nice to be playing good again," Toms said. "Certainly, I'm not going to try to figure out why. I just go out there and play."
Brendon de Jonge, Stewart Cink, Brian Gay, Nathan Green, of Australia, and Charlie Wi each shot 64s, one shot better than Rod Pampling, Mark Wilson and Aussie John Senden. Wi was the only one of the top 11 scorers who played in the breezy afternoon conditions.