American golfer Jimmy Walker had six birdies and an eagle in a bogey-free round of eight. Moreover, he did it under par 65 to take the lead in the opening round of the SBS Tournament of Champions on the Plantation Course at Kapalua, Hawaii.
Walker hit a terrible pitch to a tight pin on the elevated green to 3 feet for birdie on the par-5 15th. Further, he nearly holed a lob wedge from 78 yards on the final hole for an 8-under 65. As a result, this gave him a two-shot lead in theTournament.
Walker is still three days away from atoning for a playoff defeat to Patrick Reed two years ago at Kapalua. Though it was an ideal start for the PGA champion in perfect conditions on the west end of Maui, expect for the little shower that followed.
Walker had the Tournament of Champions in hand two years ago until Reed holed out from a fairway to start an unexpected rally and won in a playoff. Furthermore, walker won the following week on Oahu at the Sony Open for the second consecutive time.
Jim Herman got in one last round with his former employer, President-elect Donald Trump several days before Christmas.
Herman, a former assistant at Trump National, was six under through 13 holes after the end of the round. Further, he had four wedges in hand over the final five holes, yet he settled for pars and a 67.
Justin Thomas and Ryan Moore also stalled at 67.
In his first tournament in three months, Jason Day had a pair of three-putts yet managed a 70. Defending champion Jordan Spieth had a bad day. He never got his putter going, converted a birdie into a bogey on the 15th and had to birdie the last hole for a 72.