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Four share Tournament of Champions lead in Hawaii

KAPALUA, Hawaii — Jordan Spieth thought the Plantation Course was a blast to play when he arrived. He had even more fun Friday.

Coming off a sensational rookie season, Spieth opened the new year by never coming close to bogey and making a 12-foot birdie putt on the last hole for 7-under 66. That gave him a share of the lead at the Tournament of Champions with fellow newcomer Michael Thompson, Chris Kirk and Webb Simpson.

"It's a course that I shouldn't make a lot of bogeys on if you keep the ball in play and just think your way around the course," Spieth said.

The wind off the west coast of Maui was the biggest surprise, shifting direction and speed throughout the opening round on a mostly sunny afternoon. But with an inch of rain overnight, the Plantation Course was soft enough that only two players in the 30-man field of PGA Tour winners failed to break par.

Kirk got hot late in his round, closing with five straight birdies.

PGA champ Jason Dufner had four birdies and an eagle on his front-nine 30, only to settle into a string of pars on the back nine for 6-under 67. Kevin Streelman bogeyed his last two holes and also was at 67, along with Zach Johnson and Ryan Moore. The top 10 players on the leaderboard were separated by three shots.

Adam Scott, coming off a two wins and a runnerup in Australia, and defending champion Dustin Johnson were among those at 70.

Four share Tournament of Champions lead in Hawaii 01/03/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 3, 2014 11:08pm]
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