• Steady start for Erik, MJ in Hawaii

    Erik van Rooyen
    Erik van Rooyen

    Erik van Rooyen and MJ Daffue made solid starts to the Sony Open on Thursday, carding respective opening rounds of 67.

    Appearing in their first events for the new year, the South African duo got the ball rolling, finishing the day on three under par.

    Van Rooyen made four birdies and one bogey across his 18 holes, while Daffue also only dropped a single shot, on the par-four 13th hole.

    READ: Van Rooyen, Grace & Daffue in action in Hawaii

    They are, however, five strokes behind the leaders ahead of Friday’s action with Peter Malnati, Jason Kokrak and Joaquin Niemann leading the way on eight under.

    The trio looked sharp all day, shooting brilliant opening rounds of 62 to kickstart their quest for glory in Honolulu.

    Defending champion Cameron Smith also finished the first day on three under par, while Branden Grace opened his week’s account with a one-under-par 69.

    Grace rolled in three birdies on the front nine, but suffered two drop shots as he came home with bogeys on the 12th and 15th holes.

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