American shoots bogey-free 5-under 65 for 2-stroke lead
5: Number of strokes under par that American Collin Morikawa stood in leading the Sony Open in Hawaii on Thursday. Morikawa played bogey-free golf amid relentless 30-mph winds, making birdie on both par 5s at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, to shoot 65. Morikawa, 22, in his first full season on the PGA Tour, won the Barracuda Championship in July in only his sixth start as a professional. Americans Ryan Palmer, Ted Potter Jr. and Sam Ryder were tied with Australia’s Matt Jones for second place at 3-under 67 (scores).
62: Score for American Johannes Veerman, who led the South African Open after a bogey-free 9-under first round at Randpark Golf Course in Johannesburg. Veerman, 27, posted a 7-under 29 on the back nine, including birdies on Nos. 15-18, to highlight his round. South Africa’s J.C. Ritchie and Italy’s Nino Bertasio were second at 8-under 63 in the event co-sponsored by the European and Sunshine tours. Veerman, who is seeking his first victory on a major professional tour, posted top-10 results in two of his final four starts worldwide in 2019 (scores).