Spieth sinks hole in one, a stroke behind leaders

India's Anirban Lahiri (left) shares Jordan Spieth's joy after the defending champion aced the second hole.
India's Anirban Lahiri (left) shares Jordan Spieth's joy after the defending champion aced the second hole.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

NEW PROVIDENCE (Bahamas) • Golf's world No. 1 Jordan Spieth aced the par-three second hole while England's Paul Casey fired a six-under 66 to share the lead after round one of the Hero World Challenge.

Casey's bogey-free round put him alongside Americans Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson atop the leaderboard at the 18-man event hosted by Tiger Woods.

Defending champion Spieth's shot of the day left him one stroke back on 67 alongside compatriots Bubba Watson, Bill Haas and Brooks Koepka as well as Australian Adam Scott.

Spieth, the reigning US Open and Masters champion, used a six-iron from 172 yards for his hole-in-one.

He followed up with a bogey-free round that included birdies at the seventh hole and back-to-back at the 14th and par-five 15th.

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    Eagle at the second, which he aced


    Birdies at 7th, 14th and 15th



Casey, who suffered two play-off losses on the US PGA Tour this season, enjoyed his tour of the Albany resort, making birdies at the par-five third, sixth and 15th holes.

He also opened and closed the back nine with birdies and added another at 13 to secure his play-off among the leaders.

It is the seventh appearance at the event for Casey, who shared third in 2010 and 2011, his most recent previous starts.

Walker closed the front nine with a bogey to stand at level par but made six birdies on a bogey-free back side to seize his share of the lead.

Johnson, the 2013 Challenge champion, birdied three of the four par-threes - the fifth, eighth and 17th holes - as well as the 10th, 11th, 15th and 16th.

Scott birdied the par-three second and eagled the par-five third and then answered a bogey at the fourth with a birdie on the par-five sixth.

On the back nine, he took a bogey at 13 but responded with back-to-back birdies at the 14th and 15th holes and closed with another birdie to stay on the leaders' heels.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 05, 2015, with the headline 'Spieth sinks hole in one, a stroke behind leaders'. Print Edition | Subscribe