LAS VEGAS — Kim Meen-Whee birdied two of his final three holes for 6-under 65 and a one-stroke clubhouse lead Friday in the PGA Tour’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
The 25-year-old South Korean birdied all three par-5 holes at TPC Summerlin, Nos. 13 and 16 on his first nine and No. 9 on his second nine.
"I had a really good putting all day," Kim said. "Didn’t miss any putts. I think I didn’t do any stupid mistakes all day. I think that was key. The greens were a little slower than what I expected like the last two years. But it was still fast and firm."
John Huh was at 66 with J.J. Spaun, Ryan Blaum and Alex Cejka. Jimmy Stanger also was 5 under with three holes left when play was suspended because of darkness.
Kim was fourth two weeks ago in South Korea in the PGA Tour’s CJ Cup.
"It’s a nice start. I feel more comfortable," Kim said. "I played really good, and my fans were really happy. … I think I’m in a really good position on Thursday right here in Las Vegas. I feel really comfortable. Just happy."
Former Gator Billy Horschel was two strokes back at 67 with eight others, including Bryson DeChambeau. Bubba Watson had 72 in his first round of the season.
PGA Europe: Joost Luiten, Haydn Porteous and Nicolas Colsaerts shot 7-under 64 to share the lead after the first round of the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya. Padraig Harrington and Andres Romero were one stroke back in the first of three events that conclude the Race to Dubai. Race to Dubai leader Tommy Fleetwood shot 71. He was two behind Justin Rose, who is third in the standings.