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Spieth believes good vibes at Colonial can provide momentum

26 May 2017, 09:51 | Susie Olson

Sergio Garcia is one off the pace on the crowded leaderboard at Colonial

Sergio Garcia is one off the pace on the crowded leaderboard at Colonial

Jordan Spieth watches his tee shot at the first hole during the second round of the Byron Nelson golf tournament at TPC Four Seasons Resort, Friday in Irving, Texas.

Unheralded Derek Fathauer, J.T Poston and Kelly Kraft enjoyed their stint in the spotlight on Thursday when they fashioned a 5-under-par 65s to tie for the lead after the first round of the Dean & Deluca Invitational, played under warm and windy conditions on the banks of the Trinity River.

Hogan won it five times in all, and the list of past champions includes Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Lanny Wadkins, Tom Weiskopf, Billy Casper, Nick Price, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and Zach Johnson.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth endured a roller-coaster of a day in which four bogeys and a double-bogey and six birdies - including back-to-back birdies to end his round - yielded an even-par 70. "I don't really remember three years ago, two years ago, or last year what my exact feeling was here". "It's just the vibe that I have around this place is so positive, especially with Sergio [Garcia] winning and with the Ben Hogan history".

First played in 1946, the Dean & Deluca Invitational, which has gone through many name changes over the years, has always been associated with the great Ben Hogan, who won this tournament on five occasions, his first victory coming at the inaugural event.

Only 33 of the 121 players finished under par.

Brown had seven birdies and held the outright lead at six-under before a double-bogey at the 18th dropped him into a tie with McDowell and Rahm.

Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., was the low Canadian, firing a 69 to finish the round tied for 24th at 1-under par. There are only three longer than 450 yards, leaving cheap birdie making opportunities at No. 2 (389 yards) and No. 17 (387 yards), two of the easier holes on the course.

"It's a great finish". I need to get one on the top so you can see it a little bit better. However, he has not missed a cut since the very first event of the season back in October so he is a good bet to hang around until Sunday evening.

"The thing about Colonial, you will be rewarded with a pretty good birdie putt if you get it on the green".

"A lot of times out there hitting it to 30 feet is a good spot", Poston said.

Key hole: 5th. This has played as the toughest hole on the course since stats began to be recorded some 25 years ago.

"Nothing real specific", he said, when asked what changed his mind. "Just trying to move up the leaderboard instead of just letting it come to me on this course". I don't think this tournament really means much in his 2017 struggles but I think it will be a reprieve of familiarity for him. The two-time Hogan Award-winner (best amateur and college golfer) lit up what has been nicknamed "Hogan's Alley" in Fort Worth.

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