DiMarco grabs early Colonial lead

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Chris DiMarco, who was failed to make the cut in five of his last six events, owns the early lead at 4-under through eight holes in the opening round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Blake Adams and Zach Johnson, the 2010 Colonial champion, are tied for second at 3-under. Soft greens are yielding the early starters a rash of birdie opportunities.

DiMarco, 43, who won the last of his three PGA Tour titles in 2002, opened with a pair of birdies and added another at the difficult 467-yard par-4 No. 5 by holing a 24-foot putt. His fourth birdie of the day came at the par-3 No. 8. DiMarco is playing in this morning's first pairing off No. 1.

2001 Colonial champion champion Sergio Garcia is among a group of seven at 2-under.

The tournament record for low first round is 62 by three players, Patrick Sheehan in 2005 and last year by David Toms and Chez Reavie.