Number of birdies made by England’s Tommy Fleetwood, including all four of the par 5s at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, in a first-round 6-under 66 on Thursday to share the lead with Japan’s Hideto Tanihara in the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Fleetwood, who turns 27 today, is the defending champion in Abu Dhabi and the tour’s reigning Race to Dubai winner (scores: http://bit.ly/2DqrwlS).
First-round score for Jon Rahm, whose 10-under total leads the CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, Calif. Rahm, 23, of Spain, made eight birdies and an eagle at La Quinta Country Club to lead Americans Austin Cook, Jason Kokrak and Andrew Landry by one stroke. All were playing La Quinta except for Cook, who played the Nicklaus Tournament Course in the three-course rotation. Rahm, who is No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking, finished runner-up two weeks ago in the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He ended 2017 with a victory in the European Tour’s DP World Tour Championship, his third worldwide title of the year (scores: http://bit.ly/2wE1lpy).
First-round scores for Americans Gene Sauers and Jerry Kelly, who opened the Champions Tour season with a share of the lead in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in Kaupulehu, Hawaii. Sauers and Kelly, at 8 under, hold a one-stroke edge over American Rocco Mediate and Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie (scores: http://bit.ly/2fpg1Bg).