Crowne Plaza Invitational 2013 scores: Ryan Palmer leads, John Rollins a shot back

Scott Halleran

Ryan Palmer and John Rollins pace the field at Colonial Country Club, after shooting 8-under and 7-under, respectively, on Thursday.

Ryan Palmer finished at 8-under at the 2013 Crowne Plaza Invitational on Thursday, and had to wait while Graham DeLaet, John Rollins and David Hearn attempted to knock him from the top of the leaderboard. Rollins came close, making birdie on 18 to take sole possession of second-place at 7-under, but Palmer will head into Round 2 as the leader at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

The difference between Palmer and Rollins was the par-4 No. 12 pin. Both men hit eight birdies on the day, but Palmer made par on No. 12 (playing on the front nine) and Rollins registered a bogey. That the two are atop the leaderboard shouldn't be surprising. Both men are members at Colonial C.C., and have played the course together several times.

Behind them is a packed field. Nineteen players are within four strokes of Palmer. Tied for third-place, the Canadian duo of DeLaet and Hearn are joined by Americans Morgan Hoffmann and John Peterson at 6-under, just on the heels of Rollins.

Invitational favorites Zach Johnson and Charl Schwartzel are surprisingly well out of contention at the moment. Johnson, the defending champion, is tight for 50th at 1-under. Schwartzel is tied for 72nd at even-par.

You can check out a full leaderboard at PGATour.com. Here's the Top 10:

1) Ryan Palmer: 8-under
2) John Rollins: 7-under
t3) Morgan Hoffmann: 6-under
t3) Graham DeLaet: 6-under
t3) David Hearn: 6-under
t3) John Peterson: 6-under
t7) Daniel Sumemrhays: 5-under
t7) Matt Every: 5-under
t7) Matt Kuchar: 5-under
t7) Tommy Gainey: 5-under
t7) Josh Teeter: 5-under
t7) Jordan Spieth: 5-under
t13) Ten golfers at 4-under

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