• Thomas, English lead early in Hawaii

    Justin Thomas
    Justin Thomas

    Defending champion Justin Thomas and fellow American Harris English have taken a share of the lead at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

    The first PGA Tour event of the new year got under way at the Kapalua Plantation Course in Maui on Thursday.

    Players found it easy to score low from the outset with Thomas opening his account with an eight-under-par 65, which yielded no bogeys.

    Four birdies on the front nine set Thomas on his way, while he concluded with a perfect four at the par-five 18th hole.

    English, however, dropped one shot in his opening round, but managed an excellent eagle on the ninth hole.

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    The pair will take a two-shot lead into Friday’s action, Sergio Garcia, Robert Streb, Nick Taylor, Ryan Palmer, Sungjae Im and Patrick Reed all firmly in contention on six under par.

    Big-hitting Bryson DeChambeau carded an opening-round 69 to start off with on Thursday, finishing the day in T12 on four under.

    He sits alongside alongside a group of ten players, including last year’s PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele.

    Jon Rahm is a further stroke back on three under, while world No 1 Dustin Johnson made a rather slow start to the event, shooting a two-under 71.

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