The 25-year-old Svensson sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the last hole to shoot 9-under-par 61 and took a one-stroke lead over Andrew Putnam after one round of the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club https://www.waialaecc.com in Honolulu. "The biggest break you'll see here is maybe a foot of break on a putt". A tough up-and-down from right of the green on the par-5 18th gave Svensson the lowest round of professional career. He called for a ruling and was given relief because of the potential of injury or damaging the club.
"I'm like, 'Wouldn't it just be a re-drop anyway?' What's the big deal?'" Spieth said.
Slugger White, the tour's vice president of competition, stopped him.
While it is quite common for a top player to skip one event, it is unheard of for anyone to pass on all three, especially as they come with guaranteed prize money and, except for the Match Play, no cut. And he tapped down a spike mark in the line of a 4-foot putt.More news: The Sun will become a giant crystal ball when it dies
"I was certainly frustrated with last season results-wise compared to previous seasons", he said.
Starting his golf year earlier than in recent times following a lengthy layoff, former world No.1 Scott mixed five bogeys with three birdies in a two-over 72.
Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., shot a 2-under 68 and Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C., is 1-under.
That left the Australian tied for seventh but five shots behind surprise leader Adam Svensson of Canada.More news: Lana Del Ray Releases New Single
"I putted really well last week (in the Sentry Tournament of Champions), was No. 2 overall in the field, and it just carried over".
"I was a little up in the air about the speed of the greens because I didn't get to play a practice round after I got stung by a bee on the foot down by the swimming pool and couldn't walk on it", said Putnam who claimed his first PGA Tour victory a year ago in the Barracuda Championship.
"I couldn't walk, so I had to withdraw out of the pro-am", he said. It got a little ridiculous the way the putts were falling in. "I was just sitting around all yesterday and couldn't even hit a shot".
Putnam didn't miss many in the opening round. He missed a six-footer for birdie on 18, a five-footer for par on 5 and dropped almost three strokes to the field on the putting greens.More news: Ford to cut jobs in European revamp
"The hole was very large and the ball was going in", he said.