KAPALUA, Hawaii/January 4, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Coming off his best year, Marc Leishman got off to an ideal start in 2018 with eight birdies and a 6-under 67 for a one-shot lead in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Leishman ran off four straight birdies around the turn and holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole. He was one shot ahead of Brian Harman and Jhonattan Vegas in strong wind on the Plantation Course at Kapalua.
Rickie Fowler overcame a double bogey on the 13th hole with two straight birdies and an eagle on the final hole. He shot 69, along with Dustin Johnson and Si Woo Kim.
Defending champion Justin Thomas opened with a 71. Jordan Spieth, who had never shot over par in 12 previous rounds at Kapalua, shot 75.
By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer, By Associated Press – published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC (AS)
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