Patrick Reed and Patrick Cantlay both carded first round seven-under 65s to share a three-shot lead at the Hero World Challenge. The American duo enjoyed a good start to the PGA Tour event at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas on Thursday with Masters champion, Reed, firing an impressive eight birdies, while Cantlay’s five birdies in the final six holes thrust him up the leaderboard.
Reed, who had to overcome a 13-hour time-zone difference having travelled to the tournament off the back of his disappointing joint-45th finish at the Hong Kong Open last weekend, was delighted with his start.
The 28-year-old said: “With the wind down like this you had to attack, had to give yourself a lot of birdie chances. “Everything was falling into place. I was able to hit it pretty close the majority of the day. I hit my irons really well and I putted really well.”
American Dustin Johnson and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson sit well-placed just three shots off the leaders on four-under, while Englishman Justin Rose is five off the pace in his quest for a top-three finish which would move him back to top spot in the world rankings.
It was a poor start from tournament host Tiger Woods who is one over and eight shots off the early leaders having mixed four birdies with a triple bogey in his round.