Tournament of Champions: Marc Leishman leads after opening round

Marc Leishman

Tournament of Champions first-round leaderboard
-6 M Leishman; -5 B Harman (US), J Vegas (Tha); -4 S Kim (Kor), R Fowler (US), D Johnson (US)
Selected others:-2 J Thomas (US); +2 J Spieth (US)
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Australia’s Marc Leishman leads by one shot after the opening round of the Tournament of Champions, the first PGA Tour event of 2018.

The former PGA rookie of the year opened with one of eight birdies and finished on six under in Hawaii.

An eagle at the par-five fifth helped world number one Dustin Johnson to a four-under 69 – two shots back.

World number two Jordan Spieth is eight shots back after a 75, while defending champion Justin Thomas is on two under.

Spieth dropped two shots on each of the front and back nine but had birdies on the fifth and ninth.

Leishman had the best PGA Tour season of his career last year with two wins and he was pleased with his opening round in the event, which features a 34-player field made up of last season’s tournament winners.

“I played well, drove the ball pretty well – with the exception of a couple of drives – and the putter was really, really solid,” he said.

“It’s not a given I’m going to play well. I’ve got to keep working, but confidence certainly makes it easier to play well.”

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Tiger Woods: American to play in Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods will continue his competitive comeback at the Farmers Insurance Open later this month.

The 14-time major winner underwent back surgery last April and was sidelined for almost 10 months.

However, the 42-year-old returned in December at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas and will now play his first PGA Tour event for a year at Torrey Pines from 25-28 January.

He will also compete at the Genesis Open in Los Angeles next month.

Woods made his PGA Tour debut at the The Riviera Country Club in 1992 as an amateur and his company now manages the tournament, which runs from 15-18 February.

He has not taken part in the tournament since 2006.

“To be able to play in an event that I used to come to as an amateur is a dream come true,” Woods said.

Last month, the American said he would “love” to play a full schedule in 2018.

“I’m continuing to progress and trying to get strong enough to where I can handle a workload again,” he wrote on his website.