Chez Reavie holds a one-shot lead at the CJ Cup after carding an opening score of 68 on Thursday. Blustery conditions made scoring difficult in South Korea but American Reavie produced five birdies and just one dropped shot to move on to four-under for the tournament.
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The 36-year-old is chasing his first victory on the PGA Tour since his success at the RBC Canadian Open over a decade ago.
He came close to ending his title drought last season when he finished as runner-up at both the Phoenix Open and the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Reavie put his impressive first-round performance at Nine Bridges Golf Club down to his consistency with his long shots after he found all 14 fairways off the tee, while he also hit 15 out of 18 greens in regulation.
“It was a great day, I hit the ball really well,” Reavie said of Thursday’s round. “The wind was blowing really hard all day long so you had to really start the ball well and keep it out of the wind. Luckily, I was able to do that.
“It’s tough because once you get above the hole with this wind, it’s really hard to chip it close. The more greens you can hit, the better and that was key to my game.”
Englishman Danny Willett and home favourite Si Woo Kim are Reavie’s nearest rivals a shot behind the leader on three-under, while a group of seven players, including Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter, are a shot further back.
Newly crowned PGA Tour player of the year Brooks Koepka is also in contention as he is one of eight players sitting three shots off the pace on one-under.