Golf: Thompson, Kirk, Simpson and Spieth take control in Hawaii
(REUTERS) - Americans Michael Thompson, Chris Kirk, Webb Simpson and Jordan Spieth revelled in a birdie fest as they charged into a tie for the lead in Friday's opening round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Thompson birdied five of the last eight holes for a seven-under-par 66 in breezy conditions at the picturesque Kapalua Resort in Hawaii to seize the early lead at the elite, winners-only event.
However, Thompson was caught at the top by a red-hot Kirk, who piled up five consecutive birdies from the 14th, and then Spieth, who calmly rolled in a 12-footer on the 18th green for his seventh birdie in a bogey-free round.
Late in the day, 2012 US Open champion Simpson made it a four-way share of the lead after recording three birdies in the last four holes at Kapalua's undulating Plantation Course.