Rory McIlroy In Contention As Tournament Of Champions Heats Up

Rory McIlroy In Contention As Tournament Of Champions Heats Up

Day is joined at four under by four-time major victor Rory McIlroy, Bryson DeChambeau and three others.

Tway's blemish-free round included seven birdies in what is his first appearance in the winners-only event after earning his first PGA Tour title at the Safeway Open in October previous year. "I got some pills and feel a little bit better today but still a little dizzy".

Tway birdied three of his first five holes and added back-to-back gains from the eighth to reach the turn in 31, before picking up further shots at the 15th and 16th to set the clubhouse target.

Tway had seven birdies and no bogeys as the Tour winners from 2018 kicked off the new year Thursday at the Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii.

Kevin Tway now tops the leaderboard at six under at the first US PGA Tour event of the year, while Leishman is joined in a share of second by Kizzire, former US Open victor Webb Simpson and Andrew Putnam. At the par-four 17 his tee shot flared wide right and he ended up with a double bogey six.

Na told the Golf Channel that he injured the finger last week and estimated he would miss about four weeks.

"I've actually got the family here", said Day referring to the arrival of his new baby recently.

But the four-time PGA Tour victor said the interview had no influence on his hiccup, having conducted on-course interviews at Australian tournaments for several years.

Johnson, the defending champion and two-time victor at Kapalua, has never shot over par in 32 rounds since coming here for the first time 10 years ago. "I could see the logo on the side, so I obviously just assumed it was mine", Johnson said.

"With all the technical work I've done in the off-season it's a real contrast to come out here and completely forget about the swing and just hit the shot". You just want to pick the right club.

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