Gary proved that he had all his previous ability to win. Even after changing the way he swings, he retained enough of his old syle to turn a near defeat into a certain victory. He shot a seven-under-par 65, a course record, on the Colonial Country Club course in the first round. This was his 18th victory in the States and the 101st of his international career. He beat Lou Graham and Hubert Green by two strokes.