Jordan Spieth opened with a six-under 64 to share the Sony Open lead with Chris Kirk and Taylor Montgomery at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.

USA’s Pieth had three birdies in four holes around the turn and, apart from his solitary birdie on the 13th, his only disappointment was having to settle for a par on his final hole at the par-five ninth.

Compatriot Harris English finished with 65 points in a large group that was one place behind, which also included Olympic silver medalist Rory Sabatini of Slovakia.

It’s close

Taylor Montgomery lines up a shot with his caddy on the 17th green during the first round of the Sony Open golf tournament Thursday (Matt York/AP)

SHK Kim of South Korea was five under in two holes when the first round was halted due to darkness.

His compatriot, KJ Choi, meanwhile, made a rare PGA Tour start at the age of 52. At 66, he was in a group that included Stuart Sink, who will be 50 in May.

Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama of Japan opened with a 68, one better than Australia’s Adam Scott.

Michael Castillo, the Kapalua club pro who qualified for his first PGA Tour event at age 60 while battling cancer, opened with a 79.

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