Na threatened a sub-60 spherical to set the tempo in Hawaii, whereas Furyk made an ace from 187 yards on the par-three seventeenth; Cameron Smith seven again as he chases back-to-back PGA Tour wins – watch the Sony Open reside from 5pm on Friday on Sky Sports activities Golf
By Ali Stafford
Final Up to date: 14/01/22 6:20am
Defending champion Kevin Na flirting with a history-making spherical to seize the early lead of the Sony Open, as Jim Furyk impressed with a hole-in-one.
The world No 27 made the dream begin to his title defence by carding a nine-under 61 at Waialae Nation Membership in Honolulu, posting an eagle and 7 birdies in a blemish-free spherical to leap a shot away from Furyk and compatriot Russell Henley.
Na adopted back-to-back birdies from the second with successive positive aspects from the fifth and an eagle three on the par-five ninth, with additional birdies on the tenth and twelfth elevating the potential for a ’59 spherical’ on the par-70 format.
The American’s hopes of a sub-60 rating ended with a run of 5 consecutive pars from the thirteenth, though Na was capable of stand up and down from a greenside bunker on the par-five final for a closing birdie to maneuver high of the leaderboard.
“I performed unbelievably nicely,” Na mentioned. “I did every part nicely as we speak and my iron play was wonderful. My distance management has been nice. I had an opportunity for a 59. I gave all of it I may. I am a bit upset my putts did not fall, a number of the good putts that I hit did not fall. However it’s nonetheless a great spherical.”
Furyk rolls again the years in Hawaii
Furyk recovered from a three-putt bogey on his opening gap to set the early clubhouse goal, with the 51-year-old closing out an eight-under 62 by following three consecutive birdies from the 14th with a surprising hole-in-one on the par-three seventeenth.
“I believed I used to be in between golf equipment however [caddie Michael “Fluff” Cowan] assured me it was a 6-iron for me, it was the best membership and I had it teed up a bit bit attempting to get the ball within the air and hit down on it,” Furyk mentioned. “Caught it only a smidge excessive within the face…I wasn’t fairly certain I caught sufficient of it to cowl it.
“It carried on the inexperienced in all probability two or three yards, landed in an ideal spot after which launched in direction of the pin. I assume that is form of the road I used to be trying. You by no means wish to miss that inexperienced proper. Wish to be sure that I hit it strong to cowl.”
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Kevin Chappell, right down to his final 5 tournaments on a medical exemption stemming from again surgical procedure, is alongside Furyk on eight beneath after a blemish-free begin, whereas former Sony Open winner Patton Kizzire and Eire’s Seamus Energy are within the group of 5 gamers sitting two strokes again.
Cameron Smith, who gained final week at Kapalua with a document rating to par at 34 beneath, was amongst these taking part in within the afternoon as he tries to affix Justin Thomas (2017) and Ernie Els (2003) as the one participant to brush the Hawaii swing.
Smith birdied two of his final three holes to affix compatriot Marc Leishman in posting a three-under 67, with England’s Aaron Rai and Scotland’s Russell Knox additionally within the group tied-Fortieth after the opening day.
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