Putnam has career-best 62 to lead Sony Open

Annette Crawford
January 11, 2019

Jordan Spieth of the United States plays a shot during a practice round ahead of the Sony Open In Hawaii at Waialae Country Club on Thursday in Honolulu, Hawaii. But it was the back nine, as the wind began to calm along the shores just west of Waikiki Beach, where the 25-year-old from Surrey, B.C., made his move. He called for a ruling and was given relief because of the potential of injury or damaging the club. A tour official stopped and corrected him.

Putnam had only 23 putts, six times holing out from more than 10 feet, including three times from more than 20.

"I went through a couple of different swings today", the Texan told reporters.

Spieth, who endured a disappointing 2018 without a victory, said he remained confident he could get back on track.

Starting his golf year earlier than in recent times after a lengthy layoff, Scott mixed five bogeys with three birdies.

Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., shot a 2-under 68 and Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C., is 1-under.


"I was a little up in the air about the speed of the greens because I didn't get to play a practice round after I got stung by a bee on the foot down by the swimming pool and couldn't walk on it", said Putnam who claimed his first PGA Tour victory a year ago in the Barracuda Championship.

Shugo Imahira, who received a special invitation this week to play in this year's Masters at Augusta National, led a seven-strong Japanese contingent with a 65 that put him tied for fourth with Americans Chez Reavie and Hudson Swafford. It got a little ridiculous the way the putts were falling in.

"I nearly took ignorance as bliss in a lot of parts of my game", he said. It's not to where I'm just over it and playing shots or over it and seeing lines and hitting putts.

He shot his 62 despite a bogey on the 15th hole when his pitch came up 12 feet short and he missed the putt. Statistically, he made just over 174 feet of putts, from a 5-footer on the closing hole (his shortest birdie putt) to his longest birdie on the 14th at just under 30 feet.

Putnam, 29, has been a consistent performer in his two-plus seasons on the PGA Tour, without making too many headlines.

"The hole was very large and the ball was going in", he said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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