Reavie takes 1st-round lead at CJ Cup

Reavie takes 1st-round lead at CJ Cup

Reavie takes 1st-round lead at CJ Cup

Chez Reavie rode the wind to the lead in the first round of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, third event of the new PGA Tour season.

Swede Alex Noren shot a 65 to lie four off the pace, tied for fourth with Briton Ian Poulter, an island of European defiance in a leaderboard dominated by Americans.

And US PGA Tour Player of the Year Brooks Koepka - whose wayward tee shot at the Ryder Cup last month left a spectator blinded in one eye - was among eight players on 71.

Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker shot 72. According to the mathematicians at Golf Channel, Koepka needs to win or finish second this week (barring a Justin Thomas win) to rise to No. 1 in the world for the first time in his career. "I'm going to really have to be on the top of my game and hit quality shots", said the five-time PGA TOUR victor.

Piercy, who tied for 27th at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia last week, said his putter "showed up".

Despite the windy conditions, Reavie found all 14 fairways off the tee and hit 15 out of 18 greens in regulation, which he felt was the key to a good score.

"After that double bogey, I thought I was going to be in for a long day, but I was able to stay patient and stick it out", said Kim, the victor of the 2017 Players Championship.

He made six birdies and just the one bogey before signing for a five-under 67. "But the more pars you can make, the better".

It was also a bad day for former Masters champion Danny Willett, who was one off the lead overnight before an ugly 77, including five bogeys and one double-bogey, dropped him to two over par and outside the top 50 in the 78-player field. "It's nice to kind of get in and get some points early if you can".

Koepka is looking to get off to a good start in the 2018-19 PGA season and build off the success he had past year.

Now a Virginia resident, Leishman has been a regular on the PGA Tour for years but is no stranger to South Korean golf, having played the local circuit in 2006 when starting out as a professional.

"I've done two tours for a couple of years, and it's very hard", Willett said. Only 19 players broke par on Thursday.

The Englishman has not won a tournament since his shock 2016 success at Augusta National, but was joint second with a three-under 69 in the first round of the US$9.5 million US PGA tournament.

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