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Thomas, English share lead to start PGA season-opening Tournament of Champions

Thomas, English share lead to start PGA season-opening Tournament of Champions”

There aren't many times you will find Bryson Dechambeau at plus money in a head-to-head matchup, but that is where he sits this week in the Sentry Tournament of Champions against Rahm, now around +120. Masters victor Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 ranked player in the world, shot a 2-under 71 in the opening round and was in a tie for 30th place.

The Sentry Tournament of Champions is the first PGA Tournament event of 2021 and has a slightly different look than past years with extra invites extended to Tour Championship qualifiers due to COVID-19.

The majority of the 42 players in the field are returning from a lengthy layoff.

Defending champion Justin Thomas racked up eight birdies in an eight-under par 65 on Thursday to share the first-round lead with Harris English in the US PGA Tour Tournament of Champions.

With his caddie Tim Tucker watching on, the American was seen hitting putts towards a tee peg.

"I think I owe a big "thank you" to AJ for stepping on my ball and finding that one for me", Thomas said.

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"I got an asterisk for winning the Tour Championship that counted in certain things and not in others", Schauffele said. That 7-under-par start propelled him to a 5th place finish on debut at the event, and with another year of PGA Tour experience under his belt the young Chilean is good value this week.

"So I'm excited to be here and I know I love getting a win or trying to get a win early in the season so I can get myself back".

Thomas is among the many golfers here impressed with the Plantation Course one year after a $10 million refinement was done just prior to last year's event. "I'm sure the greens will get a little bit quicker from what they have been the last couple days". Justin Thomas has won the tournament two of the last four years. Johnson and Thomas have played every year since 2016, the longest active streak for the winners-only event. "Obviously, if you're here, you won", Johnson said.

No. 2 Jon Rahm won the Memorial as well as the BMW Championship in a dramatic playoff against Johnson, finished second at the ZOZO Championship @Sherwood and finished T7 in his last start at the Masters. "I always want to be here and we'll do everything in our power to be here".

Course: Plantation Course at Kapalua. While his record may suggest a victory is unlikely, there would not be a more popular victor of the first event of 2021, and I have faith that Finau has the quality to take any event when on top form. Johnson won three of 13 events after the PGA Tour resumed in mid-June, not including the Tour Championship, where he tied for the third-lowest score while claiming the FedEx Cup. A limited number of fans will only be allowed to gather around the 18th green, and no roaming of the course is permissible because of the PGA Tour's COVID-19 protocols. "I want to continue the good play and hopefully can have a little bit better year this year".



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