Solid starts for veterans Furyk, Pampling

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Jim Furyk, who opened with a workman-like 67 on Thursday, has knocked on the door a couple of times in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, but is still seeking his first Tartan jacket.

Furyk was runner-up in 1998 and tied for second in 2007. On four other occasions, he recorded top 10 finishes.

Unfortunately, his recent history at Colonial hasn’t been as favorable. He missed the cut in 2008 and again last year, but took advantage of the conditions Thursday.

“The greens are soft and not as fast as usual,’’ Furyk said, making his 16th appearance here. “I played solid today. I got in jail a couple of times by missing fairways, but overall it was a good day.’’

He made four birdies with his only bogey coming at the difficult par-4 No. 3.

Rod Pampling, like Furyk a member of the Tour's over-40 crowd, has also come close at Colonial. He finished runner-up in 2008 with four sub-70 rounds.

The resident of nearby Flower Mound, who missed the cut a year ago, shot a five-under 65 Thursday.

“You can play a lot of really good putts out here,'' Pampling said. "You've got to think your way around. Being from here, I get to play here a lot. I feel comfortable here. You get a pretty good read on the greens.’’