Keeping Score

Joaquin Niemann sets pace at Tournament of Champions

Chilean shoots bogey-free 7-under 66 at Kapalua Resort's Plantation Course to lead Justin Thomas by 1 stroke

7: Number of strokes under par that Joaquin Niemann shot Thursday to claim the first-round lead at the PGA Tour’s Sentry Tournament of Champions. Niemann, 21, of Chile, posted a bogey-free 66 at Kapalua (Hawaii) Resort’s par-73 Plantation Course on Maui island. American Justin Thomas birdied five of his final eight holes to shoot 6-under 67 and stood alone in second place. Americans Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar shared third place at 68. Twenty-one of the 34-man field broke par. The winners-only T of C is the 12th event on the Tour’s wraparound 2019-20 schedule . Niemann won the season-opening A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier for his first victory (scores / tee times) .

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