Lurking McIlroy enjoying Tournament of Champions

07 January, 2019, 09:16 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Tway told reporters he felt unwell during his opening round

American golfer Patton Kizzire has hit the first hole-in-one of the 2019 PGA year, the first of his career.

Tway leads the event but two of the pre-tournament favourites, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas are just one shot behind in a share of second place with Gary Woodland.

Two shots further back of Leishman at one under is countryman Jason Day (through six holes), who bagged two consecutive birdies from the fourth hole before dropping a shot at the seventh.

Tournament of Champions leader Kevin Tway's sensational first round comes in stark contrast to a freak accident that struck on a previous visit to the Hawaii golf course 15 years ago.

Johnson and Thomas are the last two winners at Kapalua. "I drove the ball well, kept it in play, hit a lot of greens and made some putts early. But I didn't think I was going to play that good, to be honest", he said. I guess the more you do it, when you grow up in certain conditions you feel comfortable in those conditions and do decently good at it. It's windy where I'm from in Oklahoma so it's kind of like I was at home. It marked Kizzire's first career ace in Tour and just the second in the history of the Sentry Tournament of Champions since it moved to Kapalua in 1999.

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"So, I was able to take advantage of those chances over the back nine again today".

"I played really good all day and then just hit a bad tee shot on 17", said Leishman.

Kevin Na withdrew from the Tournament of Champions prior to his Thursday tee time with a broken finger, according to Golf Channel's Rex Hoggard.

Luark had caddied off and on for Ariya since she joined the LPGA in 2015, including a record-smashing 2018 campaign in which the 23-year-old Thai star won three times - including last June's US Women's Open - and completed an unprecedented sweep of the tour's major season-ending awards.

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