Woodland sizzles to lead Tournament of Champions, McIlroy in hunt

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Kevin Tway first played Kapalua as a 15-year-old a week before his father competed in the Sentry Tournament of Champions for the first time, an experience memorable for Bob Tway getting stung by a centipede and having to only watch.

The four-time Major winning McIlroy bogeyed his fourth hole but was then six-under par for his closing 14 holes and highlighting his round with four birdies over the last six holes.

"I was just trying to drink water, eat some food and stay upright", he told the Golf Channel.

Kevin booked his debut at Kapalua's Plantation course this week courtesy of his breakthrough PGA Tour victory at the Safeway Open in California in October.

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Tway leads the event but two of the pre-tournament favourites, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas are just one shot behind in a share of second place with Gary Woodland. After an eagle on the par-five 5th, Australian Marc Leishman hit a double-bogey on the 17th to card a five-under 68, while Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, another debutant, sits among a six-strong chasing pack on four under.

Kevin Tway now tops the leaderboard at six under at the first US PGA Tour event of the year, while Leishman is joined in a share of second by Kizzire, former US Open victor Webb Simpson and Andrew Putnam. "I was walking up to 16 green, so it wasn't as though it was right before". And I had that chance to make the bogey, which would have been a great bogey, but double was pretty disappointing.

But the four-time PGA Tour victor said the interview had no influence on his hiccup, having conducted on-course interviews at Australian tournaments for several years.

DeChambeau had said he would take advantage of the new rule that allows the pin to be left in for putts on the green. His 74 included a two-shot penalty when he hit a ball that wasn't his. You just want to pick the right club.

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