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PGA Tour: Kurt Kitayama one forward at Honda Basic as Danny Willett, Aaron Rai begin strongly | Golf Information

Kitayama holds a one-shot benefit over Daniel Berger, Chris Kirk and Rory Sabbatini; Willett and Rai each three behind after the opening day – watch all week dwell on Sky Sports activities Golf

Final Up to date: 25/02/22 12:31am


A look back at the best of the action from Round 1 of the PGA Tour's The Honda Classic.

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A glance again at one of the best of the motion from Spherical 1 of the PGA Tour’s The Honda Basic.

A glance again at one of the best of the motion from Spherical 1 of the PGA Tour’s The Honda Basic.

English duo Danny Willett and Aaron Rai are each inside three strokes of early chief Kurt Kitayama after the opening spherical of the Honda Basic in Florida.

Willett birdied his opening three holes on his approach a three-under 67 at PGA Nationwide, leaving the 2016 Masters champion within the group tied-fifth and in contact with Kitayama on the high of the leaderboard.

Rai sits on the identical rating after closing his opening spherical with back-to-back birdies, whereas Kitayama set the tempo after beginning with three consecutive birdies and including 4 extra in a row on his second 9 to publish a six-under 64.

Danny Willett posted an opening-round 67 at the Honda Classic

Danny Willett posted an opening-round 67 on the Honda Basic

“I do not suppose you get a neater time out right here,” Kitayama mentioned. “The situations of the course are excellent, it is simply actually robust. I feel something underneath par out right here is admittedly good. You have simply received to look at the wind and see what occurs.”

Olympic silver medallist Rory Sabbatini and Ryder Cup winner Daniel Berger lie a shot again in second alongside Chris Kirk, with Willett and Rai are within the group of 5 gamers tied-fifth.

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“To come back out right here and never make a bogey for 18 holes is a superb begin,” Berger mentioned. “Simply received to proceed with that momentum for the remainder of the week.”

Willett adopted a 25-foot birdie on the first by draining a 30-footer on the subsequent and including a close-range acquire on the third, earlier than cancelling out a bogey on the fourth by rolling in from 25 ft on the par-three fifth.

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The Englishman ended a run of pars when he holed from eight ft on the par-four 14th, solely to fall three fall behind when he didn’t rise up and down from a greenside bunker to avoid wasting par on the sixteenth.

Billy Horschel and four-time main winner Brooks Koepka is within the group 4 behind alongside England’s Callum Tarren, whereas Lee Westwood and Tommy Fleetwood each opened with a one-under 69.

 Koepka is four behind after the opening day

Koepka is 4 behind after the opening day

“I did not do something to essentially need to be 4 or 5 underneath,” Koepka mentioned. “That is a fantastic rating right here. Simply form of ho-hummed it round. Like I unhappy, did not actually deserve something worse, did not deserve something higher.”

Simply 44 of the 144-man area ended underneath par after the opening day, with Ian Poulter posting a one-over 71 and Louis Oosthuizen – the highest-ranked participant within the area – struggling to a firsr-round 75.

Watch the Honda Basic all through the week dwell on Sky Sports activities. Dwell protection continues Friday from 11.45am on Sky Sports activities Golf.

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