Sang-Moon Bae got the better of his playing partner Chris Kirk on Thursday, taking a one-shot lead after the first round of the Sony Open.
Bae made a great start in pristine conditions and shot a 7-under 63, while Kirk made an ideal finish and shot 29 on the back nine to be a stroke back at Waialae Country Club.
Ryan Palmer birdied the last two holes for a 65, tied for third with Brian Stuard who made eight birdies in his round of 65.
Bae and Kirk provided plenty of excitement in one group. They had a better-ball score of 56. There were only five holes where neither got a birdie.
''He was off to a great start,'' Kirk said. ''At one point he was 4-under and I was still 2-over. It took some catching up for me on the back nine. But it's always nice to see putts falling.''
Retief Goosen, who missed much of last year with back problems, and John Daly were among seven players at 66.
Zach Johnson, who won the season opener at Kapalua on Monday, opened with two bogeys before he settle...