Jordan Spieth, one of golf’s most celebrated players, is part of a 3-way tie for the lead at the Sony Open. The tournament, held annually at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii, is one of the most prestigious events on the PGA Tour.
Spieth, who is currently ranked 13th in the world, shot a remarkable 8-under-par 62 in the opening round to take a share of the lead with his fellow Americans, Jason Kokrak and Vaughn Taylor. Spieth’s round included an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole, as well as six birdies and no bogeys.
The 28-year-old Texan has struggled in recent years, with his last major win coming at the 2017 Open Championship. However, he has shown signs of a resurgence in form in recent months, with top-10 finishes at both the Masters and the US Open in 2020.
Spieth’s performance at the Sony Open is particularly impressive given that he had not played a competitive round since December, when he finished tied for seventh at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.
Kokrak, who is ranked 16th in the world, also shot an 8-under-par 62, with a round that included eight birdies and no bogeys. The 36-year-old Ohioan has been in excellent form over the past year, with his breakthrough win at the CJ Cup in October 2020 and a runner-up finish at the Charles Schwab Challenge in May 2021.
Taylor, who is ranked 405th in the world, was the surprise package of the opening round, shooting a 62 of his own. The 45-year-old Georgian has struggled with injuries and form in recent years, but his performance at the Sony Open is a reminder of the talent that saw him win the Reno-Tahoe Open in 2016.
The three leaders are closely followed by a pack of players on 7-under-par, including Webb Simpson, Collin Morikawa, and Hideki Matsuyama.
The Sony Open has a long history of producing exciting finishes, with previous winners including Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, and Justin Thomas. With the likes of Spieth, Kokrak, and Taylor in contention, this year’s tournament is shaping up to be another classic.
The second round of the Sony Open is set to take place on Friday, with the third and fourth rounds scheduled for the weekend. Golf fans around the world will be tuning in to see who emerges victorious from what promises to be an enthralling tournament.
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