The opening round of the SBS Tournament of Champions at Kapalua’s Plantation Course in Maui, Hawaii, was filled with elite golfers—including world No. 1 Jason Day, defending champion Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson—but Jimmy Walker stole the show with an eight-under 65.
He is in pole position in the first tournament of the calendar year at the par-73 course.
Here is a look at the scores for Walker and the rest of the leaders:
Walker wasted little time establishing himself as the one to beat in the first round with birdies on Nos. 2, 4 and 6. He also buried a 38-foot putt for eagle on No. 5, per the PGA Tour’s official website:
He put things on relative cruise control after that spurt with seven straight pars before a strong finish with birdies on Nos. 14, 15 and 18. While the eagle and six birdies stand out, Walker’s overall consistency helped him avoid any bogeys.
According to the PGA Tour, Walker has never shot worse than par in 13 rounds at the Tournament of Champions, so it was business as usual.
There is a three-way tie for second behind Walker with Jim Herman, Justin Thomas and Ryan Moore all at checking in with six-under-par 67s. Justin Ray of the Golf Channel provided some good news for those competitors when he tweeted the last six Tournament of Champions winners were either leading or within two strokes of the lead after the opening round.
Like Walker, there was not a single bogey between the …