If you had Kelly Kraft, Derek Fathauer, or J.T. Poston as your Day 1 leader at the Colonial, take a bow. Then go on and admit you’re a liar.
The 28-year-old Kraft is laying in his own back yard, having grown up in Denton and attended Dallas’ Southern Methodist University. He was won professional win, that on the Web.com Tour.
Fathauer is a bit more well known. He won the Web.com Tour Finals in 2014 and finished 23rd at lats year’s US Open.
Poston is a 23-year-old rookie from North Carolina who once shot a 63 in high school. He was a Tour Final graduate in 2016.
All three of these unknowns shot 65s on Thursday at the Colonial. There are bigger fish in the pond within striking distance, including Graeme McDowell and Jon Rahm at 66. Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson, both of whom have won the Colonial on two different occasions, are two shots back after posting 67s.
Defending champion Jordan Spieth was all over the place en route to an even-par 70 that placed hi tied for 34th. Spieth had six birdies, four bogeys, and a double-bogey.
The Colonial, now ridiculously called the Dean & Deluca Invitational, saw Fathauer record just one bogey, that on 15, to keep him from holding the lead outright. Poston had the same result, with his bogey coming on No. 13, while local boy Kraft had a clean card with five birdies spread out evenly.
Spieth looked to be making his move when he birdied 11 and 13, but he lost three strokes in two holes when he doubled No. 15. and bogeyed 16 behind it. He birdied 17 and 18 to get back to par.