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Bae leads by one at Sony Open

Zach Johnson trails by five strokes after first round at Waialae

January 10, 2014
By DOUG FERGUSON , The Associated Press

HONOLULU - Sang-Moon Bae got off to a great start in pristine conditions at Waialae Country Club. Chris Kirk had an fantastic finish.

They were together all Thursday morning, playing in the same group at the Sony Open and taking the top two spots on the leaderboard. Bae played bogey-free for a 7-under-par 63. Kirk shot 29 on the back nine, including an eagle on the last hole, for a 64.

Bae tied for 21st in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, which ended Monday at the Kapalua Plantation Course.

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Sang-Moon Bae acknowledges the gallery at Waialae Country Club’s ninth green during the first round of the Sony Open on Thursday.

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"I think I played well last week, but really tough greens," he said. "Very hard to read. I couldn't

read any right-to-left putts - any putts - so I missed a lot of putts last week. But this course is more shorter than last week, so easy read, and I can make good speed, too."

Kirk had to scramble for a bogey on the sixth hole after his ball got stuck in a tree, leaving him 2 over at that point.

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"It took some catching up for me on the back nine," Kirk said. "But it's always nice to see putts falling."

Brian Stuard and Ryan Palmer were another shot back. Retief Goosen and John Daly were among seven players at 4 under.

Masters champion Adam Scott, with professional surfer Benji Weatherley serving as caddie while Steve Williams was in New Zealand to compete in the Super Saloon Championship car race, birdied his last two holes for a 67.

Hyundai winner Zach Johnson opened with two bogeys but recovered for a 68.

Jordan Spieth, who finished one shot behind Johnson at Kapalua, reached 3 under through 10 holes but had a three-putt from 20 feet on No. 12, the start of a string of three bogeys in four holes on the way to a 70.



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