Jordan Spieth six off the lead after late quadruple-bogey — Sony Open

Jordan Spieth six off the lead after late quadruple-bogey — Sony Open

Zach Johnson and Chris Kirk kept clean cards on a gorgeous day and each shot 7-under 63 to share the lead after the first round of the Sony Open.

Johnson, the 2009 victor 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.

He missed two putts inside five feet and needed 30 putts in his round with two three-putts. Harman was three shots ahead of Zach Johnson and John Peterson among the early second-round starters.

"My swing kind of felt better and better as the day went on".

"I've probably been off long enough now that you never know what's going to happen", he said. It takes about five or 10 minutes.

"My goal is very similar to the last couple of years, which is to focus on the major championships and try and be in contention to win on the weekend in at least a couple of those", Spieth told a pre-tournament press conference at Waialae CC in Honolulu.

The leading duo were one stroke in front of a group of four players on a crowded leaderboard.

Vaughn Taylor fired six birdies in his six-under 64 and was tied with Brian Harman, Kyle Stanley and Talor Gooch.

Peter Malnati, Daisuke Kataoka, Matt Every and Tom Hoge opened with 5-under 65s.

After hitting the bark of multiple trees and teeing-off into a ditch, Spieth was heard yelling, "You've got to be kidding me!" and "I can't believe this!" to himself.

Incredibly his third also hit a tree and not to be outdone so did the fourth.

He rallied somewhat with a birdie at his final hole for a one-under par 69.

Defending champion and world No. 4 Justin Thomas birdied the last to finish at 3-under 67.

The US PGA champion is without his regular caddie in Honolulu due to injury, but has enlisted Phil Mickelson's former bagman Jim "Bones" Mackay - now an on-course commentator - to stand-in for the event he started with a stunning 59 a year ago on his way to breaking the PGA Tour's 72-hole scoring record.

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