Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Reed leads first round in Hawaii, Spieth 1 back

KAPALUA, Hawaii — Patrick Reed had three eagle attempts Thursday and made the last one for 8-under 65 and a one-shot lead over Jordan Spieth in the Tournament of Champions.

Reed is the defending champion at Kapalua and has top 10s in his past six tournaments around the world.

Most of the attention was on Spieth, coming off a blockbuster year that included two majors.

Spieth and Reed were part of a five-way tie for the lead on the par-5 18th on the Plantation Course when Reed drilled a 3-wood onto the green and let the grain take it to 15 feet. He made the putt to cap off 31 on the back nine.

Brandt Snedeker, J.B. Holmes and Danny Lee were at 67.

Spieth, the world's top-ranked player, ended last year with four straight top 10s on the PGA Tour — victory in the Tour Championship, tie for seventh in the HSBC Champions, tie for second in the Australian Open and fourth in the Hero World Challenge.

But he could fall to No. 2 this week. Jason Day, who hasn't played an individual tournament since East Lake on Sept. 27, can replace Spieth at No. 1 by winning the 33-player invitational. He also could move to No. 1 if he finishes runnerup alone and Spieth is outside the top five, or if Day is tied for second and Spieth is out the top 15. Day opened with 3-under 70.

NEW YEAR'S INVITATIONAL: Philip Knowles shot 68 for the first-round lead in the Championship Division at St. Petersburg Country Club. Josh Augus, Joey Lane, Andrew McCain and Joe Alfieri were in a group one shot back in the four-day event.

Reed leads first round in Hawaii, Spieth 1 back 01/07/16 [Last modified: Thursday, January 7, 2016 11:15pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Life sentence for man convicted in killing of brother of Bucs' Kwon Alexander

    Bucs

    An Alabama man who shot and killed the 17-year-old brother of Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander in 2015 was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday, the Anniston (Ala.) Star reported.

  2. Rays journal: Black Snell continues roll in win over Cubs (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was still a game in the fifth inning when LHP Blake Snell walked the leadoff batter, then allowed a single. One swing by the Cubs' Ian Happ (22 home runs) could put a dent in the Rays' three-run lead.

    Blake Snell allows just two hits in pitching seven scoreless innings.
  3. Remember him? Numbers prove Ben Zobrist is one of greatest Rays of all time

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The first foray back to the Trop by the best manager the Rays have had obscured the second return visit by arguably the second-best player in franchise history.

    Figures.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) takes the field to start the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.
  4. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Cubs game

    The Heater

    One success story of this lost season is the emergence of LHP Blake Snell as the frontline starter the Rays projected. After a rough start and two demotions, he has been rolling, Wednesday's solid seven innings making him 4-0, 2.57 in his past eight starts.

  5. Rays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Camden Yards, Baltimore

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Orioles

    7:05, Camden Yards, Baltimore

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM; 680-AM (Spanish)

    Probable pitchers

    This is a 2017 photo of Matt Andriese of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team. This image reflects the 2017 active roster as of Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 when this image was taken. (AP Photo/David Goldman)