• Crown Plaza Invitational, Round One

Garcia makes bright start at Colonial

ESPN staff
May 24, 2012
Sergio Garcia made a solid start at Colonial © PA Photos

Crowne Plaza Invitational leaderboard

Sergio Garcia went some way to making up for his disappointment at last week's World Matchplay Championship by moving to within two of the clubhouse lead at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.

The Spaniard was beaten by Graeme McDowell in the quarter-finals at Finca Cortesin and duly jetted off to Colonial rather than Wentworth for the PGA Championship.

Garcia is striving to get himself in contention for a Ryder Cup place and he showed some solid form in the opening round. Starting on the back nine, Garcia birdied his opening two holes and an eagle on the first hole, his 10th, moved him to five-under at one stage. He gave a shot back on the third but got up and down from bunkers on his 17th and 18th to sign for a 66.

"I hit some nice shots for the first 13, 14 holes," Garcia said. "Overall, I'm pretty happy with it."

Zach Johnson was in hot form in Texas, with the American hitting six birdies in a round of 64. Harris English is one shot adrift of Johnson, while the likes of Chris DiMarco and Tommy Gainey are alongside Garcia at four-under.

Jason Dufner is well placed in his bid to win back-to-back events on the PGA Tour as he carded an excellent 65 to leave him one adrift of Johnson

Rickie Fowler drained a 20-foot putt for birdie on 18 to move to card a two-under 68.

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