Reavie leads at CJ Cup after winds play havoc with heavyweights

Kristopher Nichols
October 23, 2018

American Piercy picked up four birdies on the front nine as he shot a 65 to sit nine under, one stroke ahead of compatriot Koepka in the £7.2million event.

"I had a lot of birdie putts from eight foot and in, which is nice when you're feeling good over the putter", Leishman said.

Last year's Player's Championship victor Kim dealt well with the conditions after a double bogey start and his six birdies kept him a shot ahead of compatriot An Byeong-hun, who flirted with the lead but finished with a 70 after two late bogeys. The 25-year-old has won three events on the other side of the world, and is the defending champion at this week's CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in Jeju, South Korea.

Australia's Marc Leishman, victor last week at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, shot a 71 and was seven behind.

Koepka is looking to get off to a good start in the 2018-19 PGA season and build off the success he had past year. Players' concerns built to a point where all they could talk about was how hard the wind was going to blow and how it could affect their play. "Luckily, I was able to do that". The fairways were the third easiest to hit of all the PGA Tour tournament courses, though the greens can be tricky to read for the first-time player. When it's cold like this, the ball probably travels about 10 to 15 yards shorter and obviously you've got a bunch more clothes on, you're not sweating like you were last week.

Kim made a double bogey at only the second hole, but recovered with six birdies over the rest of his round, with just one more bogey. Willett has just one top-five finish since finishing second in the Italian Open in September 2016.

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"Only good things, positives to take away from last week", said Sharma, who got into this week's field as the highest-ranked player from the Asian Tour.

World No. 3 Brooks Koepka had the best score of the PGA Tour heavyweights with a one-under 71 for a share of 11th but his round was a typical mix of birdies and bogeys, highlighted by a monster putt at the eighth.

Reavie is in search of his second career PGA TOUR victory and first since the 2008 RBC Canadian Open.

"But I'm doing everything right and that's what you've got to do".

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