Tournament of Champions: Top 7 scorers of the first round
The first round of Hyundai Tournament of Champions kicked off in amidst conditions, but despite that, a fabulous leader board came in being.
33-men field teed off in the morning and within few hours, an American and a Swede was at the top. Jonathan Byrd and Carl Pettersson smashed a score of 7-under-66 with an exquisite birdie fiesta. Byrd picked six birdies and one
eagle against a bogey. Meanwhile, Pettersson carved eight birdies on a loss of a single hole and surged parallel to the veteran in the top.
While speaking to the press Byrd said, “I felt pretty good out there. I had a great front nine. I think I hit every green, hit both par-fives in two, hit one wedge shot real close and just kind of had an easy five-under start.
It was so calm starting out. All in all, you could just be a little more aggressive."
One stroke behind was Ben Crane from United States. Crane is a rookie on the PGA tour and the event is his debut in the season. Ben delivered a flawless game helped by six birdies. His putting average pushed him in top 12 players
of the round, which was a fast start for a rookie.
On the fourth place were three Americans. Bill Haas, Jim Furyk, and Charley Hoffman occupied the place with a score of 5-under-68. Hoffman was being considered as the best of the trio, but his double bogey at the par-3, eight-hole
landed him into trouble, but four birdies in the back rescued him. On the other hand, the winner of FedEx Cup 2010, Furyk took an outstanding start with seven points, but he dropped two shots on the back, which pulled him down.
Furyk was pleased with his game. While speaking to the press, he said that he putted well in misty condition, which was a positive sign for his next three rounds. He further added that he was looking forward for better scores and
higher driving distance stats, as he had been working on them.
With a score of 4-under-par was a group of six players. Robert Garrigus, Stuart Appleby, Anthony Kim, Francesco Molinari, Steve Stricker, and Matt Kuchar made it to the seventh spot of the leader board.
All six veterans are being rated as the betting favourites especially Appleby, who is known for conquering the course thrice.
The man who shot a 59 in Greenbrier Classic failed to put an impressive show. He picked up eight birdies in the 18-hole session, but twice missed par putts, which resulted in a loss. Two additional bogeys in the back deserted his
game and pushed him to the seventh spot. Similar game was delivered by Matt Kuchar. He started strong with three birdies, but the early bogey broke his momentum, which later resulted in a boring show at the back. The veteran parred six of the holes and helped
only two birdies.
Commenting on his game Appleby said, “My putter betrayed me most of the time. Although, I started out loud, but the aggressive strategy did not work for me. Hope, things get straight by the start of the next round.”
Appleby’s strongest competitor walked out of the show, just few minutes before the start. Geoff Ogilvy took a withdrawal before his tee timings, owing to a finger injury. The Aussie slipped on the white sand of Hawaii and cut his
finger. He was given twelve stitches on the right index finger, which restricted him from the play.
The first round of Hyundai Tournament of Champions wrapped up on the Plantation Course on Kapalua Golf Resort with Jonathan Byrd and Carl Pettersson in the lead. The second round of the tournament would start in few hours time
and will be aired on Sky Sports 3.