Friday, January 19, 2018
Golf

Henry leads PGA Tour tourney in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — J.J. Henry made a 50-foot eagle putt from the fringe on his final hole Thursday for 11-under 60 and a one-stroke lead in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Henry also had nine birdies in perfect conditions at TPC Summerlin en route to the lowest round of his career. The two-time PGA Tour winner broke the course record and was a shot off the event mark, set by Chip Beck in 1991 at Sunrise Golf Club.

"I finally made some putts," Henry said. "I've always felt like I've been a pretty good ball-striker, and when I make some putts, I seem to climb the board."

Andres Romero was second. He had two eagles in shooting 61, also his lowest tour score. James Driscoll, Jonathan Byrd and Jeff Overton shot 63. Zach Johnson, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 11, opened with 69.

Henry's previous tour best was 10-under 61 in the 2006 Phoenix Open.

"It's nice to get (a low score) early in the tournament and see if you can kind of build on it," Henry said. "You (have to) shoot somewhere in the low to mid 20s (under par for 72 holes) to probably have a chance to win, and I think the golf course is going to be there."

European: Needing a win to retain his tour card, Peter Hedblom shot 4-under 68 for a share of the lead with three others after the first round of the Perth International in Australia. That group had a one-shot lead over a group of eight including Dustin Johnson. Defending champion Bo Van Pelt was a stroke further behind.

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