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The Journal Gazette

Friday, January 04, 2019 1:00 am

Golf

Younger Tway grabs lead on day full of firsts

DOUG FERGUSON | Associated Press

KAPALUA, Hawaii – Kevin Tway first played Kapalua as a 15-year-old a week before his father, Bob, competed in the Sentry Tournament of Champions for the first time.

Tway is a lot older, much taller and a lot better now. The Safeway Open champion made his debut in winners-only field Thursday with a 7-under 66 on the Plantation course to build a one-shot lead over Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Gary Woodland.

The first round of the new year delivered a little bit of everything.

Bryson DeChambeau illustrated the new Rules of Golf by leaving the pin in the hole, including his 15-foot par putt on the 17th.

Patton Kizzire made the first hole-in-one of the year with a 7-iron on the par-3 eighth. Kevin Na was the first player to withdraw in 2019, ending his week in paradise because of an injury to his pinky finger. Cameron Champion hit one of two drives that went 400 yards on a course that yielded 175 shots of 300 yards or more.

Not so new? Johnson in the hunt again.

The defending champion and two-time winner at Kapalua, has never shot over par in 32 rounds there over 10 years.

“First round of the year, I'm pretty pleased with it,” Johnson said.

Rory McIlroy birdied three of his last four holes for a 69.

Brooks Koepka, the PGA Tour player of the year, had five bogeys and a double bogey on his way to a 76.