Bae turns up the heat in Honolulu

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Bae Sang-Moon carded a near flawless round of 63 to take the lead on day one of the Sony Open in Honolulu.

Bae managed to birdie five holes on the front nine, which included a 25-foot birdie putt on the third hole. His final birdie of the round came on the 14th and he held par after that to bring him to seven under.

“I felt really good today,” Bae told Golf Channel.

“If I hit a good driver, then I’ve got a wedge or low-iron (into the green). I had a lot of chances, a tap-in at 15 (for par), but I made a bunch of good putts today.”

After bogeys on the third and sixth holes, Chris Kirk had a storming finish to shoot a 64, leaving him alone on six under. After birdies on the eighth and ninth, the American picked up more six shots on the back nine including an eagle on the par five 18th.

“Being a couple over early and him [Bae] being four or five under early, it was kind one of those of those deals where you’re like, ‘I had better get in gear here’,” Kirk said.

“So I put my head down and got playing good, made a few birdies and by the time I looked up after I had finished 17, I was in second place.”

Meanwhile, Ryan Palmer, the 2010 winner, and Brian Stuard had solid rounds and came in a five under each at Honolulu’s Waialae Country Club.

Two-time US Open champion Retief Goosen and former Open winner John Daly carded 66s along with South Korean KJ Choi.

Masters winner Adam Scott finds himself four shots off the pace with his round of 64 including just three birdies.

Zach Johnson, who won Kapalua on Monday, started with a 68 while Jordan Spieth, who finished one shot behind Johnson last week in the Tournament of Champions, carded a one-under-par 70 after he undid earlier good work three bogeys in four holes from the 12th.

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