Number of strokes under par that Americans Patrick Cantley and Patrick Reed stood Thursday after shooting 65s to share the first-round lead at the Hero World Challenge in Nassau, Bahamas. After pars on his first six holes at Albany Golf Club, Cantlay birdied seven of his final 12 holes, including five of his last six. Reed made eight birdies and one bogey. Host Tiger Woods, whose foundation benefits from the tournament, bogeyed two of his first five holes and made a triple-bogey 6 at the 12th before recovering with two birdies on the final four holes for a 1-over 73. He was tied for 16th, one shot out of last place, in the elite 18-man event, which features four of the top five in the Official World Golf Ranking. The tournament is an unofficial PGA Tour event that awards world-ranking points (scores).
First-round scores shot by Victor Perez of France and Seenappa Chikkarangappa of India, who stood 8 under and shared the lead at the European Tour’s Afrasia Bank Mauritius Open at Four Seasons Golf Club in Beau Champ, Mauritius. Perez, a recent Challenge Tour graduate, opened his rookie season with a third-place finish at last week’s Hong Kong Open. American Kurt Kitayama shot 7-under 65 to join Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura and South Africa’s Jaco Van Zyl in third place. South African Ernie Els, who designed the course, shot 69 for a share of 22nd (scores).
Scores shot by Australians Jake McLeod and Matt Jager for the first-round lead in the Australian PGA Championship at RACV Royal Pines Resort in Gold Coast, Australia. McLeod, who leads the PGA Tour of Australasia’s Order of Merit, eagled both back-nine par 5s. Jager played bogey-free golf. At 6 under, they led by one stroke in an event co-sanctioned by the European and Australasian tours. American Harold Varner III, who won the 2016 Australian PGA and owns a runner-up and a sixth-place finish in his two other starts in the event, shot 69 (scores).