Robert Streb made history in the first round of the CJ Cup on Thursday, carding an incredible score of 11-under-par in Las Vegas.
Streb was 7-under-par after six holes which equals the best ever score in the opening six holes of a PGA Tour event. Brandt Snedeker set the record at the Farmers Insurance Open in 2007.
The 34-year-old also smashed his previous low round on the PGA Tour. Prior to the first round in Las Vegas, his best score was 63 which he most recently shot in round two of last year's RSM Classic.
Streb made five birdies and an eagle in his first six holes and he maintained a score of 7-under-par on his front nine. His only blemish came on the par-3 11th hole.
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He then added five birdies in his last seven holes to secure his score of 61. Streb is now in a great position to win his third PGA Tour event, his most recent win came at the RSM Classic in 2021.
Another for @TheRealStrebber— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) October 14, 2021
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Keith Mitchell raced home late in the afternoon with an equally stunning round of 10-under 62.
Rory McIlroy, who stated before the tournament that he is the best player on the planet in his prime, shot a solid score of 4-under-par in the first round at The Summit Club.
The Northern Irishman was cruising through his first 15 holes. He eagled the par-5 14th hole to help him move to 6-under-par, but he made a damaging triple-bogey at the par-4 17th hole.
He finished with a 68 to sit seven shots behind Streb. Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama shot a solid score of 6-under-par in the first round of the CJ Cup.
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McIlroy's Team Europe companion Tommy Fleetwood also shot a round of 4-under-par. Fleetwood will be hoping to kickstart his PGA Tour form as the Englishman failed to reach the FedEx Cup Playoffs last season.
Open champion Collin Morikawa opened the CJ Cup with a round of 5-under-par, while Shriners Hospitals for Children Open winner Sungjae Im began his week with a score of 4-under-par too.
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