Monday, 22 January, 2018

Johnson, Kirk share Sony lead

Noah Ferguson | 13 January, 2018, 03:26

The quartet of Vaughn Taylor, Kyle Stanley, Talor Gooch and Brian Harman are one shot adrift of the leaders after all shot 64s.

Twice major victor Johnson carded a bogey-free seven-under 63 in the afternoon wave that included a birdie at 18 to grab a share of the lead with early starter Kirk, who stormed into the clubhouse with four birdies over the final six holes. On a far different course at Waialae, he had another stretch of three straight birdies in Friday's second round and closed with a 7-iron to 15 feet for eagle on the par-5 ninth.

Jordan Spieth's challenge at the Sony Open in Hawaii suffered a huge blow when he quadruple-bogeyed his penultimate hole in the opening round.

Kirk and Johnson opened with 7-under 63s to share the overnight lead.

Harman was at 13-under 127, three shots ahead of Zach Johnson (67), John Peterson (64) and Tom Hoge (65).

Spieth's victory at Royal Birkdale a year ago was his third major title and leaves him needing to win the US PGA to join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods in completing a career grand slam.

Defending champion Justin Thomas, who past year opened with a 59 before going on to set the tour's all-time scoring record in a 72-hole event at 253, could not conjure up that same magic as he carded a three-under 67, four back of the leaders. Grace, who is ranked 30 in the world, shares first place at seven under with American Chase Koepka.

England's Chris Paisley was alone in third place after shooting 66. Compatriot Ernie Els fired a 71, Canadian Mike Weir a 73 and Trevor Immelman of South Africa a 79. Defending champion: Justin Thomas.

Another Aussie, Steve Allan, was also at 2 under with a round that included an eagle, four birdies, ten pars, two bogeys and a double bogey.

Spieth would recover from the quadruple bogey and finish -1 for the first round.

Jamie Donaldson of Wales scored the first hole in one of the tournament at 14 with a nine iron during a round of 70.

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