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Golf: Thompson, Kirk, Simpson and Spieth take control in Hawaii

Published on Jan 4, 2014 12:00 PM
 
Michael Thompson hits a tee shot during round one of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club on Jan 3, 2014 in Lahaina, Hawaii. Americans 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. -- PHOTO: AFP 

(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.

 
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