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Day 1: Quad bogey hampers Spieth's efforts as Kirk, Johnson lead at the Sony Open

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Posted by Admin 12 Jan 2018

Three-time major champion Jordan Spieth had a bad day at the Sony Open at Hawaii as a quadruple bogey impeded his chances of taking a lead at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Putting up their best, it was Chris Kirk and Zach Johnson who shared a first-round lead at the Waialae Country Club in Honululu.

 

 

Jordan Spieth at the Sony Open

               

                        Here’s how Spieth finished: Birdie, Bogey, Birdie, Par, Birdie, Quadruple bogey and a Birdie

 

 

Spieth was four under with two holes to play, but he endured a nightmare on the par-four eighth. Spieth's tee shot went left as the first of four consecutive shots that would hit trees as he made an eight, finishing the day in a tie for 65th.

 

Here’s how he finished: Birdie, Bogey, Birdie, Par, Birdie, Quadruple bogey and a Birdie.

 

Two-time major winner Zach Johnson rolled in a five-foot birdie putt at the 18th on Thursday to seize a share of the first-round lead at the US PGA Tour Sony Open in Hawaii.

 

 

Zach Johnson shares lead at Sony Open, golf courses

 

                                   Johnson got off to a hot start in his pursuit of Kirk, with birdies at the first three holes

 

 

 

Johnson, the 2009 winner at Waialae in Honolulu, had seven birdies in his seven-under 63, joining early pace-setter Chris Kirk atop the leaderboard in the US PGA Tour's first full-field event of 2018.

 

Kirk, a four-time winner on the US tour, nabbed five of his seven birdies on the back nine. He had a look at eagle on the par-five 18th, where he holed a two-footer for birdie.

 

Johnson got off to a hot start in his pursuit of Kirk, with birdies at the first three holes. He added another birdie at the ninth, and after a near-miss at the 12th rolled in birdie putts of 24 feet and 21 feet at 13 and 14 to move within a stroke of the lead.

 

Zach Johnson, winner of the 2007 Masters and the 2015 Open championship, broke away from the second-placed bunch at the final hole, despite finding a fairway bunker off the tee.

 

Vaughn Taylor fired six birdies in his six-under 64 and was tied with Brian Harman, Kyle Stanley and Talor Gooch. Stanley capped his round with an eagle at the par-five ninth, rolling in a 41-footer.

 

Gooch rocketed out of the blocks with three straight birdies, finishing with eight birdies overall against two bogeys. Harman, playing in the afternoon, had eight birdies that included three in a row at the fifth, sixth and seventh.

 

Japan's Daisuke Kataoka and Americans Peter Malnati, Matt Every and Tom Hoge all shot 65.

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