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Justin Thomas at it again in Hawaii

Cameron Smith a good start to the year (Photo: Bruce Young)
Justin Thomas has taken up where he left off four days earlier with a brilliant opening round of 59 to lead the PGA Tour’s Sony Open at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.

Thomas has clearly bought a lot of confidence to this week’s event given his impressive win at the SBS Tournament of Champions last Sunday and today he began the round in the best possible fashion with a pitch in for eagle at the 10th hole which was his first hole of the day.

“Yeah, it was obviously a fun day,” said Thomas. “I just kind of had it rolling out there. I was hitting it well. All my birdies were easy. It wasn't like I made any long putts or anything. The chip-in on 10 was great.“But yeah, being 9-under through 13, I was like, this is a great opportunity.

"You don't get it very often in golf. Especially out here with the last five holes were all scoring clubs, if I could hit the fairway and get in position.“The two best putts I probably hit today on 5 and 7 didn't go in. When those didn't go in, I was kind of saying to myself, you know, maybe this isn't meant to be. I thought some of the things that happened earlier in the day, I was kind of curious if I was going to post a number or if it was just an unbelievable round.”

While Thomas was excited with his effort he knows there is a long way to go before he can be confident of racking up his second consecutive win.

“It's a course where no lead or no margin is really safe. People are going to be, just like it was for us this morning. They are going to be firing at it tomorrow morning. So I need to get ready to get my mind ready and my game, try to keep it sharp to try to post another good one tomorrow.”

Thomas leads by three over American Hudson Swafford with South African Rory Sabbatini another shot back in 3rd position.

The large group at 6 under and five from the lead includes the leading Australian Cameron Smith who opened with a round of 64 in his second start in the event.

Marc Leishman, Rod Pampling and Greg Chalmers opened with rounds of 2 under 68.


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