Jordan Spieth part of three-way tie for the lead at Sony Open in Hawaii

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The American opened with a six under 64.
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January 13, 2023
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Jordan Spieth opened with a six under 64 to share the lead at the Sony Open with Chris Kirk and Taylor Montgomery at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.

Spieth, of the US, had three birdies in a a four-hole stretch around the turn, and outside of his lone bogey on the 13th hole, his only disappointment was having to settle for par on his final hole at the par-five ninth.

"Got off driving it really well. I split some fairways early with driver on 10 and 12 and had a couple good wedges in there. I made a couple putts early, so that was nice. I don't particularly enjoy this practice green so I just have been using my device instead of hitting regular putts on it," said Spieth.

"I seem to have putts go two different ways every single time I go off it historically on this green, so I told myself I would play this event as long as I only hit putts on the tutor on this green.

"So the stuff I've been trying to work on in my stroke I decided to go full trust from the getgo today, and to see those go in was a nice confidence boost and led to a good putting day. Just try to carry on from there. I had a number of wedges. You know, it stinks par No. 9. I hit a really nice drive and it caught the lip of the bunker and hung -- just like No. 8, went through a bunker and I was standing on it. I kind of had a couple drives that were really close on the last two holes to being another stroke or so.

"So I feel like I left a couple out, but I also really had fun today. Like I had fun playing the shots in the wind. It's fun when you know you hit a good one because out here the ball is just going to roll 70 yards and it's like, wow. If you miss the fairway you're way back, but when you hit it it's like, I got a nice sand wedge into this green now.

"It can be a real fun golf course once you start peeling it down these fairways."

Compatriot Harris English finished with 65 in a large group one behind, which also included Olympic silver medallist Rory Sabbatini of Slovakia.

Taylor Montgomery lines up his shot with his caddie on the 17th green during the first round of the Sony Open golf tournament on Thursday
Taylor Montgomery lines up his shot with his caddie on the 17th green during the first round of the Sony Open golf tournament on Thursday (Matt York/AP)

SH Kim of South Korea was five under with two holes to play when the opening round was halted by darkness.

His countryman, KJ Choi, meanwhile, made a rare PGA Tour start at the age of 52. He was in the group at 66 that included Stewart Cink, who turns 50 in May.

Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama, of Japan, opened with a 68, one better than Australian Adam Scott.

Michael Castillo, the Kapalua club pro who qualified for his first PGA Tour event at age 60 while battling cancer, opened with a 79.

Play was suspended due to darkness at 6:11 p.m. The first round will resume at 8 a.m. on Friday. The second round will begin as scheduled at 7:10 a.m.


Pos.PlayerTo ParThruR1
T1Chris Kirk-6F64
T1Jordan Spieth-6F64
T1Taylor Montgomery-6F64
T4Harris English-5F65
T4Denny McCarthy-5F65
T4Brendon Todd-5F65
T4David Lipsky-5F65
T4Rory Sabbatini-5F65
T4Ben Griffin-5F65
T4S.H. Kim-516-
T11Brendan Steele-4F66
T11K.J. Choi-4F66
T11Maverick McNealy-4F66
T11Stewart Cink-4F66
T11Cam Davis-4F66
T11J.J. Spaun-4F66
T11Austin Smotherman-4F66
T11Harry Hall-4F66
T11Ben Taylor-4F66
T11Andrew Novak-4F66
T11Joseph Winslow-4F66
T22Doc Redman-3F67
T22Si Woo Kim-3F67
T22Russell Henley-3F67
T22Brian Harman-3F67
T22Zac Blair-3F67
T22Kramer Hickok-3F67
T22Kevin Yu-3F67
T22MJ Daffue-3F67
T22Kevin Roy-3F67
T22Trevor Werbylo-3F67
T22Aaron Baddeley-3F67
T22Patton Kizzire-3F67
T22Hayden Buckley-3F67
T22Aaron Rai-3F67
T22Stephan Jaeger-3F67
T22Chez Reavie-3F67
T22J.T. Poston-3F67
T22Augusto Núñez-3F67
T22Austin Eckroat-317-
T41Troy Merritt-2F68
T41Emiliano Grillo-2F68
T41Mark Hubbard-2F68
T41Chad Ramey-2F68
T41Tom Hoge-2F68
T41Tano Goya-2F68
T41Robert Streb-2F68
T41Hideki Matsuyama-2F68
T41Adam Long-2F68
T41Ben Martin-2F68
T41Joseph Bramlett-2F68
T41Anders Albertson-216-
T53Parker McLachlin-1F69
T53Kelly Kraft-1F69
T53Adam Svensson-1F69
T53Michael Thompson-1F69
T53Ryan Brehm-1F69
T53Webb Simpson-1F69
T53Zach Johnson-1F69
T53Ryan Moore-1F69
T53Sam Ryder-1F69
T53Russell Knox-1F69
T53Nate Lashley-1F69
T53Brandon Wu-1F69
T53Eric Cole-1F69
T53Carson Young-1F69
T53Davis Thompson-1F69
T53Kaito Onishi-1F69
T53Kurt Kitayama-1F69
T53K.H. Lee-1F69
T53Adam Scott-1F69
T53Danny Lee-1F69
T53Corey Conners-1F69
T53Nico Echavarria-1F69
T53Will Gordon-117-
T53Scott Harrington-117-
T53Tyson Alexander-117-
T53Kazuki Higa-116-
T79Andrew PutnamParF70
T79Matt KucharParF70
T79Max McGreevyParF70
T79Adam SchenkParF70
T79Vincent NorrmanParF70
T79Justin SuhParF70
T79Trevor ConeParF70
T79Dylan WuParF70
T79Danny GuiseParF70
T79Peter MalnatiParF70
T79Kevin TwayParF70
T79Brice GarnettParF70
T79Ryan ArmourParF70
T79Jimmy WalkerParF70
T79Byeong Hun AnParF70
T79Nick TaylorParF70
T79Jerry KellyParF70
T79Austin CookParF70
T79Carl YuanParF70
T79Jesse MuellerParF70
T79Keita NakajimaParF70
T79Brent GrantParF70
T101Kyle Stanley+1F71
T101Alex Smalley+1F71
T101Scott Piercy+1F71
T101Sam Stevens+1F71
T101Cole Hammer+1F71
T101Kyle Westmoreland+1F71
T101Brian Stuard+1F71
T101Ryan Palmer+1F71
T101Keegan Bradley+1F71
T101Sungjae Im+1F71
T101Greyson Sigg+1F71
T101Nick Hardy+1F71
T101Taiga Semikawa+1F71
T101George Markham+116-
T115Jonathan Byrd+2F72
T115Michael Kim+2F72
T115Jim Herman+2F72
T115Billy Horschel+2F72
T115Matti Schmid+2F72
T115Erik Barnes+2F72
T115Tyler Duncan+2F72
T115Tom Kim+2F72
T115Mackenzie Hughes+2F72
T115Harry Higgs+217-
T115Blaze Akana (a)+217-
T126Chesson Hadley+3F73
T126Lucas Glover+3F73
T126Austen Truslow+3F73
T126David Lingmerth+3F73
T126Richy Werenski+3F73
T126Zecheng Dou+3F73
T126Robby Shelton+3F73
T133Christiaan Bezuidenhout+4F74
T133Yuto Katsuragawa+4F74
T133Keith Mitchell+4F74
T136Kevin Streelman+5F75
T136Michael Gligic+5F75
T138Matthias Schwab+6F76
T138Kohei Okada (a)+6F76
T138Gary Woodland+6F76
T141Paul Haley II+7F77
T141Harrison Endycott+7F77
143Michael Castillo+9F79
144Brandon Matthews+10F80
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Sony Open in Hawaii 2023

Date: January 12th - 15th 2023

Location: Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii

Purse: $7,900,000

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