Four players are tied for the lead share after Day 1 of the Hero World Challenge: Norwegian Viktor Hovland, American Collin Morikawa, South Korean Joo-Hyung Kim and Austrian Sepp Straka – Straka was called up late at the event after Tiger Woods. foot injury; Tommy Fleetwood is two shots back
Last update: 02/12/22 00:01
England’s Tommy Fleetwood is two shots off the lead after day one of the PGA Tour’s Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, with four players including Viktor Hovland and Collin Morikawa tied for the lead.
After the rounds of 69, Hovland, Morikawa, South Korean Joo-Hyung Kim and Austrian Sepp Straka lead by three under, with American Sam Burns a stroke behind.
Fleetwood, with American duo Max Homa and Cameron Young, is two strokes behind.
Straka was at home in Alabama preparing for a big week of golf games at his club, a friend’s wedding and the SEC championship game, before Tiger Woods’ foot injury meant Straka changed his planes.
Woods’ replacement birdied six rain-soaked Albany for a three-under 69 that gave him a share of the lead with defending champion Hovland, Kim and Morikawa.
Tiger Woods praised Rory McIlroy for his stance against LIV Golf and for supporting the PGA Tour.
Straka was the first in the pro-am, the time usually occupied by Woods. He was paired with Justin Thomas, who usually plays the first round with Woods.
“The iron game wasn’t as good as his, but maybe he rubbed off on me a bit,” Straka said. “So yeah, that was good.”
Hovland was the only player to hit four under anytime before a bogey on the 16th. He’s trying to join Woods as the only players to win this holiday event back-to-back.
Hovland again stays with Morikawa. A year ago, Morikawa had a five-shot lead and needed a win to reach world No. 1 when he shot 76 in the final round and Hovland rallied with a 66 to win.
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