Fort Worth, Texas • Dustin Johnson had played Colonial only once before, six years ago when he didn’t even make it to the final round.
In his return to Hogan’s Alley, Johnson took a one-stroke lead after the first round.
Johnson shot a bogey-free 5-under 65 on Thursday, driving a lot of 3-irons off the tees into the fairways and hitting 16 of 18 greens in regulation.
His only birdie on the back nine was a 2-footer at the 177-yard 16th hole. That was enough to lead after his front-side 31 that included a 45-foot birdie putt on the difficult par-4 fifth hole.
Hunter Mahan, playing in the group ahead of Johnson, led before a double-bogey 6 at the 433-yard 18th hole for a 66. He was tied for se Wilkinson and Robert Streb.
Jimmy Walker, a three-time winner this season, and 20-year-old Dallas native Jordan Spieth were in the group of 10 players at 67.
Mahan started eagle-birdie and was already 6 under after a 3-foot birdie on the 178-yard eighth hole.
Benton Harbor, Mich. • Joe Durant birdied his final hole for a 6-under 65 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Senior PGA Championship.
Making his third Champions Tour start after turning 50 in April 7, the four-time PGA Tour winner had seven birdies and a bogey at Harbor Shores. Dan Forsman opened with a 66, and Brad Faxon had a 67. Mark Brooks and P.H. Horgan III shot 68, and two-time Senior PGA winner Jay Haas and Colin Montgomerie were in the group at 69.
Mobile, Ala. • Catriona Matthew took the first-round lead in the Airbus LPGA Classic, holing a bunker shot for an eagle and finishing with an 8-under 64.
The 44-year-old Scot rebounded from a bogey on the par-4 12th with the eagle on the par-5 13th and birdied seven of her final 11 holes.
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