Ryan Palmer closed the opening round of the 2013 Crowne Plaza Invitational in first place Thursday, going into the clubhouse at 8-under. He leads Morgan Hoffmamn and Graham DeLaet by two strokes. While Hoffman is done for the day, DeLaet still has four holes to go. He currently has the best shot of unseating Palmer atop the leaderboard before the day is out.
DeLaet has yet to hit a bogey on the day. He made birdie on five of his first eight holes, and brought himself down to 6-under with a birdie on No. 12. DeLaet is in prime position to take over Palmer. He still has pin Nos. 15-18 to go, a four-hole stretch on which Palmer shot 3-under earlier in the day.
Fellow Canadian David Hearn and American John Rollins are also in position to scoot to the top of the leaderboard. Both are currently at 5-under through 15 and 14 holes, respectively. Hearn hit a bogey on No. 14 and Rollins hit a bogey on No. 12, otherwise both men would be tied with DeLaet.
You can check out full leaderboard at PGATour.com. Here's the top 10:
1) Ryan Palmer: 8-under, F
t2) Morgan Hoffman: 6-under, F
t2) Graham DeLaet: 6-under, thru 14
t4) Daniel Summerhays: 5-under, F
t4) Matt Every: 5-under, F
t4) Matt Kuchar: 5-under, F
t4) Tommy Gainey: 5-under, F
t4) David Hearn: 5-under. thru 15
t4) John Rollins: 5-under, thru 14
t10) Nine players at 4-under