Patrick Reed's hot finish sends him top of Tournament of Champions leaderboard
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 09/01/16 9:48am
Patrick Reed struck four birdies and an eagle in the final six holes to fire an eight-under 65 and take his place at the top of the first-round leaderboard at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.
The four-time PGA Tour winner and defending champion was well down the leaderboard after turning on two under, but his scintillating form on the back nine at The Plantation Course in Kapalua on Thursday saw him reel off birdies at the 13th, 14th and 15th.
After making par at the 16th, he was back in the red with another birdie before bringing his round to a close with an eagle on the par-five 18th to come home in just 31 shots.
Reed's playing partner and world No 1 Jordan Spieth finished one shot behind on seven-under after carding seven birdies in another blemish-free round.
"It's just a day to get into a rhythm, kind of see where everything's at," said Spieth. "Everything feels pretty good. I just need to tighten the gap a little, maybe have a couple better looks at birdie. But I can't complain.
"If I do what I did today each day, we're in good business,"
Brandt Snedeker, J.B Holmes and Danny Lee are all placed on six under, while two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson is a further two behind after shooting 69.
World No 2 Jason Day did not enjoy as productive a day as Reed and Spieth, but is still well-placed thanks to a bogey-free three-under.
Scotland's Russell Knox is the best-placed Briton on two under, while Graeme McDowell struck two double bogeys in his two-over-par 75.
Watch second-round action from the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii live on Sky Sports 4 from 11pm on Friday night, or watch without a contract on NOW TV.