Varner, Rose share lead as PGA Tour makes return at Colonial

Varner, Rose share lead as PGA Tour makes return at Colonial

The color of the grass is the best in green vegetables and fairways and Augusta National looks even brighter than its best day.

With temperatures in excess of 90 degrees and a roasted Colonial Country Club, the cloudless sunny sky seemed far more sensible than ever.

As the tour returned following a 91-day hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Varner, one of the USA -based circuit's few black players, fired a 7-under-par 63 on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

148 players competing in a real, live sporting event - coming out on a Sunday evening - is a welcome sight.

Palmer (72) began his round about two hours before the 8:46 a.m. (1346 GMT) tee time was left vacant as golfers stopped play to observe a moment of silence to honor George Floyd, the black man who died last month after a white police officer knelt on his neck, sparking widespread protests. Some bowed in prayer, some were reflected.

Ryan Palmer, a Colonial member who raised money for COVID-19 relief efforts during the shutdown, was chosen to hit the first official shot on the PGA Tour in three months.

"I've heard from some of my peers, and I think as I mentioned as we go forward, we will share everything that we've learned and how we're applying our protocols, and I would imagine some of those calls will happen over the next several days", Monahan said. "Well, for certain I do", Lehman told the PGA TOUR. It was a great feeling to be that person. Only three players under the age of 30 have won at Colonial in the last 30 years.

"When I got to the gym it was on TV", he said. "It felt good to be out of the house". It was a pleasure to get out of the house. Among those one shot behind were Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland.

World number one Rory McIlroy had an unremarkable round to finish two under and tied for 39th. McLaughlin and Koepka shot 2-under and Rahman 1-under. "I shot 80 today but never fired". "It simply came to our notice then". "It felt like, 'Hey, what's going on here?' It's something we're going to have to get used to for a little while".

This has been a striving, nervous time for most people today - some substantially, a lot more than many others. And, with the understanding that the sport is not to be compared with the toy store in the mall of life and many other important sections of society, when there is no live sports when there is no athlete to cover but not a comfortable place.

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