HONOLULU (AP) — Andrew Putnam didn’t get a practice round in for the Sony Open because of a bee sting, and he apparently didn’t need one.
Putnam made birdie on half of his holes Thursday at Waialae, none of them tap-ins, and took only 23 putts for an 8-under 62. It was the lowest score of his PGA Tour career and gave him a four-shot lead among the early starters.
Brandt Snedeker, Jason Dufner and John Chin were at 66, with defending champion Patton Kizzire among those at 67.
Jordan Spieth was hopeful of better in his 2019 debut. He had to wait until his 16th hole, the par-3 seventh, for his first birdie of the year. And that was all he made in a round of 73 that left him needing a low round just to make it to the weekend.
He still managed to keep it entertaining, especially with the new rules.
Spieth, like most players, doesn’t understand the visually awkward change of dropping from knee-height instead of shoulder-height. Six holes into his round, his tee shot came up inches short of a sprinkler head. He called for a ruling and was given relief because of the potential of injury or damaging the…