With the Presidents Cup right away round the corner, eleven of the twelve players for Team USA are competing in the the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, hosted by their playing team captain, Tiger Woods. The first round proved challenging for some, but US Open champion Gary Woodland and former Masters champion Patrick Reed thrived in the Bahamas to share the lead.
Woodland finished his round with eight birdies, twice making three in a row, plus two bogeys to get into the clubhouse with a six-under score of 66.
Reed, who many thought was a controversial captain's pick for the Presidents Cup, later joined Woodland in the clubhouse with the same score, after he made seven birdies and just one bogey which came at the 12th.
Chez Reavie was a late addition to the field, after Dustin Johnson withdrew as he needed a little longer to recover from knee surgery before the Presidents Cup. Reavie shot a 68 to put him in solo third place after an up-and-down first round, featuring seven birdies, one bogey and a double bogey at the ninth.
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Four players sit in T4 at three-under par, with Bahamas local Justin Rose sharing the spot with Justin Thomas, a returning Rickie Fowler and Swede Henrik Stenson.
Rose was one over through the front nine, making back-to-back bogeys at eight and nine, but five birdies in six holes helped the Englishman pull it back, although he dropped another shot at the 13th.
Jon Rahm, who is defending his title after winning the Hero World Challenge last year, would have found himself in the same pack as his Ryder Cup team mate Rose, had he not bogeyed the last, to end his round two-under par.
Shot of the Day
GolfMagic's shot of the day goes to Tiger Woods, who started and ended his round poorly, leaving him stuck at level par, but there was still some classic Tiger magic at the 15th hole where the tournament host chipped in for eagle. Check it out below.
"Another Tiger moment."@TigerWoods chips in on the 15th. pic.twitter.com/mL3FAAy4P8— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 4, 2019