Colonial: Molder leads, Spieth three back
Jordan Spieth, still vying for his first victory since the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January, shot a three-under par 67 in the first round of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, on Thursday.
Spieth, a native of nearby Dallas, is tied for ninth, three shots behind leader Bryce Molder.
"I love this place, love this course," said Spieth. "You know, it's a spectator-friendly tournament with a lot of availability to see shots up close, especially around the greens, which you don't see every week, which is kind of fun for us, too, to have fans next to the greens and kind of be involved in the putts almost."
Molder, a veteran still seeking his first PGA Tour victory, shot a bogey-free six-under 64, one stroke better than Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson and Anirban Lahiri. All six of Molder's birdies came on the front nine, including four in a row on holes six through nine, leading to a front-nine 29.
Jason Dufner, meanwhile, posted a four-under 66, two shots off the lead. He is tied for fifth with Ryan Palmer, Kyle Reifers and Martin Piller.
Adam Scott, winner of two PGA Tour events this season, shot a two-over 72. He is eight shots off the lead, and tied for 85th with Zach Johnson.
Jim Furyk, playing in his second tournament since an eight-month absence because of wrist surgery, struggled with a five-over 75, 11 shots away off the lead.