Canadian Adam Svensson shoots a stunning 61 to lead Sony Open

Canadian Adam Svensson shoots a stunning 61 to lead Sony Open

The 25-year-old Canadian drilled a putt for his seventh birdie on the 18th green to move a shot clear of American Andrew Putnam, who earlier in the day used a red-hot putter to card a 62 at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.

"It don't know how many feet I made of putts (nearly 200) but it was getting a little ridiculous".

"The hole was very large and the ball was going in", Putnam said.

Putnam, 29, has been a consistent performer in his two-plus seasons on the PGA Tour, without making too many headlines. "I was around the hole, I hit 17 greens or something like that, so I gave myself a lot of opportunities and I came out with a 61". I just felt good.

While relative unknowns like Svensson and Putnam were running in birdie after birdie in brilliant sunshine, Spieth managed just one in what passes for winter in the Pacific tropics.

The former world number one endured his worst professional season in 2018, finishing 31st in the United States tour's FedExCup points race and failing to qualify for the Tour Championship for the first time in his six year career.

"I went through a couple of different swings today", the Texan told reporters.

Adam Svensson holds the lead and Matt Kuchar is just two shots back after the opening round. "I don't feel like I've been in this situation before", Spieth said.

"I'm over the ball and not comfortable".

Regardless of how Sunday goes, a field with Spieth, Reed, Bubba Watson, Justin Thomas, Cam Champ, Hideki Matsuyama and Bryson DeChambeau should be a nice treat to what we got last week at Kapalua.

"I'm not anxious about it".

"I needed some time away from the game after being off and having to play through it at the end the season", Spieth said.

Jordan Spieth launches what he hopes will be a bounce-back 2019 campaign Thursday when he tees it up in the US PGA Tour's Sony Open in Hawaii.

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