MAUI – Kevin Tway shot a 7-under-par round of 66 in on Thursday to build a one-shot lead after the first round of the Tournament of Champions in Maui, Hawaii.
Tway won the season-opening Safeway Open in October for his first PGA Tour victory, which included a spot in the winners-only Tournament of Champions to kick off 2018. He carded seven birdies in making the turn in 35 shots and then rolled in two more birdies on the back nine to complete a bogey-free card in windy conditions on the par-73 Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort.
Defending champion Dustin Johnson and fellow Americans Justin Thomas and Gary Woodland are one shot back after shooting 67s on Thursday. Johnson was 4 under on the par-5s, with the only blemish on his scorecard a bogey on No. 6 after driving the ball into the thick native grass and having to chop the ball out.
Marc Leishman is alone in fifth place at 5-under. Another shot back is a group of players that includes fellow Australian Jason Day, Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy – who is playing the event for the first time, and Americans Bryson DeChambeau, Andrew Landry, Patton Kizzire and Andrew Putnam.
DeChambeau was one of the stories of the day, choosing to take advantage of the new rule that allows players to keep the pin in the hole while on the putting surface. DeChambeau opted to on numerous holes.