Golf: Harris English, Justin Thomas share early lead at Tournament of Champions in Hawaii

Harris English (left) and Justin Thomas play their shots during the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii, on Jan 7, 2021.
Harris English (left) and Justin Thomas play their shots during the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii, on Jan 7, 2021.PHOTOS: AFP

KAPALUA (REUTERS) - Harris English and Justin Thomas each shot eight-under 65 on Thursday (Jan 7) to share the opening-round lead at the star-packed Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, Hawaii.

Spain's Sergio Garcia and Patrick Reed were in a group of six two shots back as the PGA Tour resumed the 2020-21 schedule after a break for the holidays.

Thomas, the defending champion at the US$6.7 million (S$8.88 millions) event, got off to a fast start with five birdies on the front nine before making three more on the back, including one on the 675-yard, par-five finishing hole.

English opened with three birdies among the first five holes, before a bogey at No. 7 and an eagle-three at the par-five ninth. He had four birdies on the back nine, including one at the 18th.

Robert Streb, Ryan Palmer, Canadian Nick Taylor and South Korea's Im Sung-jae all shot 67 at the Plantation Course at Kapalua.

US Open winner Bryson DeChambeau and PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa were in a 10-way tie for 12th place at four under. Masters winner Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 ranked player in the world, shot a two-under 71 in the opening round and was in a tie for 30th place.

Spain's Jon Rahm, the No. 2-ranked player in the world, shot a three-under 70 in the first round and was in a tie for 22nd place.

The tournament is the first of back-to-back events on the Hawaiian Islands, with the Sony Open set for Waialea Country Club at Honolulu next week.