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Furyk fires ace, takes Hawaii PGA lead

Jim Furyk of america performs his shot from the fifth tee all the plan thru the first round of the Sony Start in Hawaii at Waialae Country Membership on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, in Honolulu, Hawaii (January 14 in Manila). PHOTO BY GREGORYSHAMUS/AFP

LOS ANGELES: Jim Furyk aced the par-3 17th on his plan to firing an eight-beneath-par 62 and seizing the early clubhouse lead Thursday (Friday in Manila) at the US PGA Sony Start in Hawaii.

The 51-year-ancient American, who gained the title at Honolulu’s Waialae Country Membership in 1996, knocked in a 6-iron shot from 187 yards on the penultimate gap for his sixth career ace and his first gap-in-one since 2011 at the WGC tournament at Firestone Country Membership.

It turned into the first ace at Waialae’s 17th since Tony Finau made one in the third round in 2018.

“Clearly barely pleased,” Furyk acknowledged. “My short sport turned into huge. I putted properly. There were moderately loads of stuff you make no longer in fact request your first round again.”

Furyk, chasing his 18th US PGA title, made three birdie putts in a row from 11 feet, 16 feet and 25 feet at the 14th, 15th and 16th before his ace. At the par-5 18th, he turned into inches off on a 20-foot birdie putt and tapped in.

After a gap bogey, Furyk dropped his attain to two feet at the 2d and birdied, then holed birdie putts of 33 feet at the third and 30 feet at the fifth adopted by a faucet-in birdie at the par-5 ninth.

“I felt factual with the putter in my fingers and turned into wedging it properly,” Furyk acknowledged. “But there are still three days and pretty loads of golf to head.”

Furyk’s 62 left him one stroke sooner than fellow US early finishers Michael Thompson, Patton Kizzire and Kevin Chappell on a course renovated longer than when he gained bigger than a quarter-century ago.

Furyk, ranked 771st on the earth, shot the lowest ranking in PGA Tour historic previous with a 12-beneath-par 58 in the final round of the 2016 Travelers Championship.

With uncared for cuts in his previous three PGA begins, PGA 50-and-over Champions Tour regular Furyk final made the decrease final February at Riviera, despite the incontrovertible truth that he gained final year’s US Senior Start.

Furyk, whose finest major title came at the 2003 US Start, has no longer gained a PGA tournament since the 2015 Heritage and that turned into his finest take since the 2010 Tour Championship.

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