There are two players tied at the top of the Sony Open in Hawaii after the first round at Waialae Country Club in Hawaii. Zach Johnson and Chris Kirk share the honor.
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Zach, who delayed his arrival in Hawaii because of a bout of flu, and Chris both carded -7 under par 63, both bogey free, to top the Sony Open in Hawaii leaderboard.
Zach told reporters about his fitness problems;
“I was not right getting on the plane to come here. I am one that likes to prepare.”
“I got here Friday, and I touched a golf club Saturday through Wednesday. Saturday was awful.”
“It was about a three-hour session. It was at least two hours too many because I was not right.”
“My legs were shot and my back hurt.”
Chris has sorted out his problems with the putter;
“The real reason I didn’t play well last year is I’ve had my worst putting year I had since I’ve been on TOUR.”
“I actually hit it fine, but I’m not somebody that’s going to overpower a golf course ever.”
“My game is hit fairways, hit irons close, and make some putts.”
“To have a year like that where I really struggled putting made it very difficult mentally and difficult in every possible way that it could.”
Four players are then tied in fourth position at -6 under par after rounds of 64; Vaughn Taylor, Kyle Stanley, Talor Gooch and Brian Harman.