HONOLULU (AP) – The Sony Open is the place Justin Thomas broke the PGA Tour’s scoring file, beginning along with his 59.
And it was that spherical when Jordan Spieth obtained a style of his personal medication.
Thomas and Spieth have been paired collectively for the opening spherical at Waialae Nation Membership, and nobody celebrated greater than Spieth when he watched his longtime buddy make eagle on his 18th gap for a 59 .
However this is what was so superb about that spherical: Spieth truly had higher possibilities.
Spieth was a median of 18 toes, Four inches on his method pictures, finest within the discipline for the primary spherical. Thomas averaged 25 toes, 7 inches, rating him seventh. Not solely was Spieth nearer to him many of the spherical, at occasions they have been on the identical line. On one gap, Spieth needed to transfer his mark for Thomas to putt for birdie (he made), after which Spieth had the identical putt from a shorter distance (he missed).
“I used to be like a stroke-and-half or one thing higher tee-to-green than he was that spherical, I obtained beat by like seven pictures,” Spieth stated with fun.
It was solely six pictures (Spieth solely shot 65), but it surely felt like extra. And by the top of the week, Thomas broke or tied data at each flip till he had a seven-shot victory and a 253 for the bottom 72-hole rating in PGA Tour historical past.
Thomas completed the season with 5 victories, his first main, PGA Tour participant of the 12 months and the FedEx Cup title. He has talked concerning the problem in following up such a season, and that begins with avoiding comparisons.
That will likely be robust on the Sony Open, particularly for the primary spherical Thursday. And it in all probability did not assist that Thomas, regardless of closing with three pars and failing to birdie the par-5 18th, shot a 61 within the pro-am on Wednesday (with pins in the course of greens).
The Sony Open is the primary full-field occasion of the 12 months, and 124 of the 144 gamers have had practically two months off.
The European Tour additionally resumes its season by co-sanctioning the BMW South African Open. The Internet.com Tour season begins within the Bahamas, and some LPGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions gamers get to heat up in an official occasion in Florida known as the Diamond Resorts Invitational. In a Ryder Cup 12 months, Europe will get a costume rehearsal with some gamers who’re taking up Asian gamers within the EurAsia Cup in Malaysia.
Thomas, Spieth and Daniel Berger – who all graduated from highschool in 2011 – have been in the identical group final 12 months. This 12 months may be even higher for Thomas, who begins his title protection Thursday afternoon alongside Jason Dufner and Kevin Kisner. It appears Thomas (Alabama) and Kisner (Georgia) made a guess on the school soccer title recreation . The result’s that Kisner plans to put on an Alabama jersey on the 17th gap.
Even being in Hawaii, it is not all enjoyable and video games.
Former PGA champion Jimmy Walker is cautiously optimistic having trudged by means of a tough 12 months through which he lastly was identified with Lyme illness.
“I am quite a bit higher bodily,” Walker stated. “There is a psychological and bodily half to associate with Lyme illness. I bodily really feel quite a bit higher. Mentally, I have not performed golf shortly. So, we’ll see how all that begins, how all that goes. However I have been engaged on the sport, engaged on my physique. Since September, I have been capable of put 10 kilos again on. Really feel quite a bit more healthy. It is unimaginable simply what feeling good can do for you and to your confidence, too.”
Morgan Hoffmann is enjoying for the primary time since revealing in The Gamers Tribune that he has muscular dystrophy.
Luke Donald can solely hope the beginning of this 12 months is the higher than the top of final 12 months. He felt chest pains within the pro-am of the RSM Basic and checked right into a hospital. Exams got here again clear and he settled into a vacation season stuffed with relaxation.
Tv: Thursday-Saturday, 7-10:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 6-10 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Ernie Els begins his 30th 12 months at residence for the BMW South African Open, a discipline that features Retief Goosen, Charl Schwartzel and Trevor Immelman.
The Large Simple completed fourth in his South African Open debut in 1989. The sphere that 12 months included John Daly, two years earlier than his rookie season on the PGA Tour.
The defending champion is Graeme Storm, who beat Rory McIlroy in a playoff. McIlroy found a crack in his ribs a number of days later.
Tv: Thursday-Friday, Three-5 a.m., 7-10 a.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 5-9:30 a.m. (Golf Channel).
Whereas the Diamond Resorts Invitational in Orlando, Florida, is unofficial, it marks the beginning and the top for Gerina Piller . She is pregnant together with her first youngster and plans to take off 2018 and return subsequent 12 months. The newborn is due the primary week of Could.
Piller joins Brooke Henderson, Brittany Lang and Brittany Lincicome. The PGA Tour Champions serves up defending champion Woody Austin, John Daly and Joe Durant amongst their gamers. There is also a star part that features retired pitcher Mark Mulder, tennis participant Mardy Fish and Roger Clemens.
Tv: Friday-Saturday, 1:30-Four:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 1-Four p.m. (Golf Channel).
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