Justin Thomas carded an eight-under 65 to share the lead after the opening round of the Tournament of Champions on Thursday.

Two-time champion Thomas produced a bogey-free first round that included eight birdies in Kapalua, Hawaii.

The world number three, winner of the event in 2017 and 2020, made five birdies on the front nine and three on his final five holes.

Thomas shares a two-stroke lead with Harris English in the first PGA Tour event of the year.

The highlight of English's round was an eagle at the ninth hole, where he chipped in from just off the green.

On what is a congested leaderboard, six players are tied for third at six under.

Sergio Garcia, Robert Streb, Nick Taylor, Ryan Palmer, Im Sung-jae and Patrick Reed all opened with 67s.

Garcia won the tournament in 2002, while Reed was victorious in 2015 and has two runner-up finishes since – including last year.

Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay and Brendon Todd carded five-under 68s.

World number one Dustin Johnson is back in a tie for 30th after opening with a 71, while Jon Rahm carded a 70.

It seems only yesterday Tiger Woods was a prodigious talent about to embark on a journey that would take him to levels of superstardom never before seen in the game of golf.

On Wednesday, Woods turned 45 with his legacy forever enshrined as one of the greatest sportspeople of all time.

With 82 PGA Tour titles and 15 majors to his name, Woods has had plenty to celebrate during a stellar career.

To mark his birthday, Stats Perform News has taken a look back at some of his most memorable achievements.

 

MAJOR WINS

Woods famously sits second in the list of men's major winners, edging to just three behind Jack Nicklaus' tally of 18 with his fifth Masters success in April 2019. Tiger has won the US PGA Championship on four occasions and boasts three successes at The Open and U.S. Open.

PGA TOUR WINS

Sam Snead long held the outright record for the most wins on the PGA Tour, but Woods moved alongside his fellow American great, who died in 2002, on 82 titles with victory at the Zozo Championship in October 2019. Snead won titles in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, landing his last win on the tour at the age of 52.

 

MOST WEEKS AT WORLD NUMBER ONE

Woods has topped the Official World Golf Ranking, which was introduced in 1986, for 683 weeks, more than double the time spent at number one by his nearest rival in this regard, Greg Norman (331 weeks). In eight years - 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 - Tiger remained atop the rankings for all 52 weeks of the year. His stint as number one between June 2005 and October 2010 - a period of 281 weeks - is another record.

 

CAREER EARNINGS ON PGA TOUR

Woods has amassed career earnings of $120,851,706 on the PGA Tour. He has earned over $28million more than his nearest rival in this regard, Phil Mickelson.

 

CONSECUTIVE CUTS

Between 1998 and 2005, Woods made the cut in 142 consecutive PGA Tour events, comfortably surpassing the previous record streak of 113 held by Byron Nelson.

 

RECORD SCORES IN MAJORS

Woods' record for the lowest 72-hole score in relation to par at The Open was taken by Henrik Stenson in 2016, the Swede's 20-under total at Royal Troon one shot better than Tiger's winning mark at St Andrews in 2000. Woods held the joint-best winning score at the Masters, having finished 18 under in 1997 - Jordan Spieth matched that effort in 2015 - until Dustin Johnson blew away the competition at Augusta in November 2020. His 20-under score set a new Masters record, and he joined Stenson and Jason Day as the only players to win a major with such a score.

 

CAREER GRAND SLAM WINNER

In addition to being one of only five men, together with Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen, to have won all of golf's four majors since the introduction of the Masters in 1934, Woods held all four titles at once following his 2001 triumph at Augusta, which completed the much-vaunted 'Tiger Slam'. No player has ever won the four present majors in the same year.

Tiger Woods and son Charlie once again took centre stage but it was Justin Thomas and dad Mike who claimed the PNC Championship trophy.

Charlie, aged just 11, was competing in the tournament with 15-time-major-winning father Tiger and showed off his golf repertoire at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club.

The pair combined for a 10-under 62 on day one, leaving them four shots off the pace, and matched that total on Sunday with some impressive combination play.

Charlie got Team Woods off to a flier with a birdie at the third, which the pair celebrated with a trademark fist bump.

They also eagled the par-five fifth and 14th, but that was not enough to challenge for the title as they finished down in seventh.

Team Kuchar and Team Kite finished two shots better off in a tie for fifth, while Team Trevino and Team O'Meara were joint-third at 23 under.

Thomas Jr and 61-year-old father Mike came out on top on 25 under, finishing one stroke ahead of Team Singh.

Team Thomas started with seven straight birdies and finished with 15 across a bogey-free Sunday.

Tiger Woods enjoyed allowing son Charlie to show the world his golf repertoire as the 11-year-old demonstrated an eye-catching game at the PNC Championship.

Playing as a team with his 15-time major-winning father, young Charlie Woods showed he was a chip off the old block with a string of impressive shots at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Grande Lakes.

Tiger has been the centre of attention often enough to know when that is a fun time, and he was confident Charlie was savouring every minute at the event in Orlando.

They combined for a 10-under 62, four shots behind Matt Kuchar and his son Cameron, as the 36-hole tournament got under way on Saturday.

A fairway wood from Charlie to around four feet set up an eagle chance at the third hole, and the youngster took the putt himself, confidently finding the hole for a three.

With a style comparable in many ways to his father, Charlie has experience of junior competition but this was a step up.

"It was just making sure we had fun and we did," said Tiger, reliving the day.

The Woods father-and-son combo played in a group with Justin Thomas and his father Mike.

"Having the Thomas family out there and to be able to share all these moments ... the conversations we had all day among each other was priceless," said Tiger.

As the talent of his son drew attention, he added: "I've seen this all along.

"Probably not a lot of people have, but a lot of the shots he's hit I've seen it back home at Medalist this entire year, this entire pandemic.

"He's hit these shots and at the junior events he's played in he's hit a lot of these."

Tiger said the difference for young Charlie would be sustaining performance for 18 holes in a day and 36 across the weekend, given the junior events he contests are typically played over nine holes.

"He enjoyed being out there. The fact we got off to such a quick start helped," he said.

Playing in the shadow of a sporting great can carry pressure should any offspring attempt a professional career, but for now Tiger is enjoying seeing his son play uninhibited golf.

"It's making sure he's able to have fun playing the game of golf," he said.

"I really don't care about my game [this weekend]. It's about making sure Charlie has the time of his life and he's doing that."

And the key message that Tiger relayed was that golf can only be played one way, whether on a private course at home or in the glare of the cameras.

"It doesn't change," he said. "Whether you're playing by yourself, to tournaments, to whether you have millions of people on TV or back home cheering - the shots don't change."

American duo Matt Kuchar and Harris English cruised to an unprecedented third QBE Shootout title after shattering records on Sunday.

Kuchar and English became the most successful pairing at the PGA Tour event thanks to a nine-stroke victory, having added to their 2013 and 2016 triumphs in Naples, Florida.

The dominant pair reached 37 under following three rounds over three different formats – a new record at the QBE Shootout.

Kuchar and English posted a 12-under 60 in the fourball format as they also broke the record for margin of victory, eclipsing the seven-shot win they celebrated in 2013.

"As a team, we crushed it this week," English said. "You've got to putt well in all formats and we did that. Matt made a lot of clutch putts, especially on the first day.

"It felt like pretty easy golf out here. It was a lot of fun to play."

Kuchar added: "We've got an incredible record. We're going to have a hard time catching that record."

Defending champions Rory Sabbatini and Kevin Tway finished as runners-up at Tiburon Golf Club alongside Mackenzie Hughes and Lanto Griffin, and Sean O'Hair and Kevin Na.

Billy Horschel and Brendon Todd, Tony Finau and Cameron Champ, and Louis Oosthuizen and Bubba Watson were two strokes further back at 26 under.

Harris English believes he and Matt Kuchar complement each other's games as they took a five-shot lead at the QBE Shootout.

The American duo reached 25 under par in the modified alternate shot format, shooting 11 under for a score of 61.

After opening with five birdies to start their round, the duo closed with six more from the 12th to take a commanding lead after two rounds.

"I feel like our games really fit this format well," English said. 

"He does a lot of stuff that I'm not great at and maybe I do some stuff that he's not great at. It's just fun. It's very relaxing out there."

Kuchar added: "There's still a need to make lots of birdies. I think this best-ball format, guys are going to shoot some low scores. 

"Whatever the lead is, pars aren't going to be helping out very much. We've got to still make a bunch of birdies tomorrow to try to protect the lead."

Kevin Na and Sean O'Hair opened with a score of 56 but are trailing at 20 under after a 68 on Saturday.

"Alternate shot's a tough format. I don't know what these guys played that are leading, but we were saying anything better than five under was a good score," Na said. 

"We fell one short of what our minimum was, but it's tough."

The star-studded team of Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen are 18 under, as are Lanto Griffin and Mackenzie Hughes.

Viktor Hovland became the first player to make birdie at the 72nd hole to win the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

Hovland was tied for the lead alongside Aaron Wise on the final hole at El Camaleon Golf Club, where the Norwegian drained a birdie for the stunning walk-off victory.

The 23-year-old Hovland captured his second PGA Tour title with his clutch one-stroke triumph in Mexico on Sunday, having also won February's Puerto Rico Open.

Hovland, who posted a final-round 65 to finish 20 under, became the fifth European player since 1945 to claim multiple PGA Tour trophies before the age of 24, following Rory McIlroy (six), Seve Ballesteros (three), Sergio Garcia (three) and Jon Rahm (two).

"I don't really feel like I'm very good at those pressure situations," Hovland said afterwards.

"I was shaking there in the end - I thought I lost it after the second shot on 16 and made an awesome par there but missed a putt on 17 and knew I needed to make birdie on 18 and it just happened to go in.

"[I] don't feel comfortable in those moments at all."

American Wise had to settle for the runners-up cheque following his eight-under-par 63, while countrymen Adam Long (67) and Tom Hoge (69) ended the tournament 17 under.

Harris English (63), Billy Horschel (64) and Lucas Glover (66) were a stroke further back, while Brendon Todd (66) saw his title defence end in a tie for eighth, alongside Tony Finau (67), Carlos Ortiz (66) and overnight leader Emiliano Grillo (72).

Austin Eckroat became the third amateur to shoot a 65 or better in the final round of a non-major PGA Tour event since 1983.

Eckroat (65) earned a share of 12th position at 14 under, and he was joined by former world number one Justin Thomas (69), who was unable to maintain his title charge.

Emiliano Grillo carded a three-under-par 68 as he retained his lead after the third round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

Grillo holed five birdies and two bogeys to remain top of the leaderboard by one stroke at the El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa del Carmen in Mexico on Saturday.

The Argentinian, whose only win on the PGA Tour came in 2015, was four shots clear at the start of the penultimate round.

Heading into Sunday's final round, Grillo is ahead of American golfer Tom Hoge (65) at 16 under through 54 holes as four-time major champion Brooks Koepka (71) and Rickie Fowler (72) missed the cut after the second round concluded early on Saturday.

Viktor Hovland is a stroke further back following his eight-under-par 63, having birdied four of his last six holes to post a career-low-tying score.

Former world number one Justin Thomas surged into contention thanks to a flawless nine-under-par 63 to be four shots behind Grillo.

Thomas had nine birdies without a bogey as the American star and 2017 US PGA Championship winner ended the day 12 under, alongside Patrick Rodgers (65).

Making his second Mayakoba start, Thomas birdied five of his last seven holes to close the round one stroke shy of Roland Thatcher's 2008 tournament record.

Emiliano Grillo charged into a four-stroke lead before the second round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic was suspended due to darkness on Friday.

The Argentinian carded an eight-under 63 at the El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa del Carmen in Mexico, where Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler struggled, to move into 13 under.

Grillo, whose only win on the PGA Tour came in 2015, is four shots ahead of Tom Hoge (67) and Tony Finau (66).

After a difficult start to 2020 saw him miss the cut at eight of his first 13 tournaments, to go with a disqualification at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Grillo has found some better form later in the year.

He mixed nine birdies with one bogey in the second round, which was delayed by an hour due to inclement weather and later suspended because of darkness.

Only 18 players were yet to finish their second rounds, with Andy Ogletree the best-placed, the American – who is making his professional debut – sitting at seven under through 15 holes.

Hoge and Finau are Grillo's nearest challengers, while overnight leader Russell Knox is at eight under after shooting a 69.

Joel Dahmen (67), Aaron Wise (68) and Kyle Stanley (67) are in the group alongside Ogletree in a tie for fifth.

Coming off a win at the Houston Open and a runner-up finish at the Mayakoba Golf Classic last year, Carlos Ortiz (69) is at six under, tied for ninth with eight others.

World number three Justin Thomas bounced back with a 67 to get to three under, sitting in a tie for 34th.

However, Koepka (71) and Fowler (72) are projected to miss the cut after getting to even par – one shot adrift of making the weekend with the second round yet to be completed.

Russell Knox earned a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico.

Scottish golfer Knox carded a six-under-par 65 to set the early pace at El Camaleon Golf Club on Thursday.

Knox only dropped one shot on day one of the PGA Tour tournament, holing seven birdies to top the leaderboard ahead of Joaquin Niemann, Emiliano Grillo – who extended his streak of par-or-better rounds in the event to a perfect 17-for-17 – and Tom Hoge.

A two-time Tour champion but without a title since 2016, Knox has claimed just two over-par scores in 29 rounds at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo.

In his seven previous starts at the event, Knox claimed top-10 finishes in 2015 (tied for second), 2016 (T3) and 2017 (T9), while the most recent of his two 18-hole leads/co-leads before this week came via this season's Safeway Open (T9).

Viktor Hovland, Tony Finau, Carlos Ortiz, defending champion Brendon Todd, Aaron Wise, Nate Lashley, Akshay Bhatia and Michael Gligic are two shots off the pace.

In his first start since claiming his maiden Tour title at the Houston Open, Ortiz posted his 16th consecutive round of par-or-better this season.

Rickie Fowler ended the round one under par, four-time major champion Brooks Koepka posted a 71 to be six shots behind Knox heading into the second day, while Justin Thomas was a stroke worse off.

Robert Streb claimed his first PGA Tour title since 2014 at the RSM Classic, where he prevailed in a play-off against Kevin Kisner.

Streb's sole win had come at the same event six years ago, but the American ended his drought after birdieing the second play-off hole in Georgia on Sunday.

After trading pars on the first extra hole, Streb birdied the par-four 18th as countryman Kisner could only record a par at the Sea Island Golf Club.

Streb became the first two-time winner of the RSM Classic, where he is the fifth consecutive 36-hole leader/co-leader to reign supreme at the tournament.

The 33-year-old is also the first player to capture his first two Tour victories at the same event since Daniel Berger (2016-17 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic).

A play-off was needed after Streb (68) and Kisner (63) – both playing the Seaside course – finished 19 under through 72 holes, a stroke ahead of Cameron Tringale (62).

Streb had carried a record-equalling three-shot lead into the final round, but he was caught by the rallying Kisner, who was flawless with seven birdies and no bogeys to mark his lowest final-round score since 2016.

Bernd Wiesberger (63) and Andrew Landry (64) finished tied for fourth at 17 under, a stroke better off than Harris English (62), Camilo Villegas (66), Kyle Stanley (66) and Zach Johnson (68), while former world number one Jason Day (65) earned a share of 12th position – five shots behind the top two.

Robert Streb will carry a record-equalling three-stroke lead into the final round of the RSM Classic.

Champion in 2014, Streb carded a three-under 67 in the third round on the Seaside course at the Sea Island Golf Club in Georgia on Saturday.

The American moved into 17 under and his three-stroke lead tied the record for the largest 54-hole advantage in tournament history.

Streb, whose only previous PGA Tour victory came at the same event in 2014, produced a bogey-free third round that included three birdies.

Zach Johnson (65) and Bronson Burgoon (67) are Streb's nearest challengers at 14 under.

Emiliano Grillo produced a fast finish with an eagle and two birdies on his final four holes to shoot a 65 and sit a shot behind Johnson and Burgoon.

Kevin Kisner (66), Kyle Stanley (68) and Camilo Villegas (70) are further back at 12 under.

Villegas dropped back into that tie for fifth after mixing three birdies with three bogeys.

Jason Day, who missed the cut at last week's Masters, continued his consistent showing with a second straight 67, the Australian sitting at nine under in a tie for 14th.

Former champion Robert Streb matched his career low to claim a two-shot lead after two rounds at The RSM Classic.

Streb carded a nine-under-par 63 to top the leaderboard at the halfway stage of the PGA Tour tournament on St Simons Island on Friday.

The 33-year-old, whose lone Tour triumph came via the 2014 RSM Classic when it was known as the McGladrey Classic, birdied his last two holes on the Plantation Course at Sea Island.

Streb, bogey-free with nine birdies, led by as many as five strokes before ending the second day two shots clear of joint-overnight leader Camilo Villegas on 14 under.

The last four winners of The RSM Classic – Tyler Duncan, Charles Howell III, Austin Cook and Mackenzie Hughes – each held the 36-hole lead.

"I don't want to be the one that breaks it," Streb said. "There's still a lot of golf left, and we'll see what happens."

Villegas followed up his first-round 64 with a six-under-par 66, highlighted by an eagle at the last, as the Colombian eyes his fifth Tour crown and first since 2014.

He carded his lowest opening 36-hole score of his Tour career this week.

Bronson Burgoon (63) and Patton Kizzire (66) are tied for third, three shots off the pace heading into the weekend.

Including his second-round 70, Peter Malnati is now a collective 60 under through his first 20 rounds of the season, with only two over-par scores. By comparison, in his final 20 stroke-play rounds last season, he was five over with nine over-par scores.

Malnati is among 11 players tied for 11th position, including Matt Wallace (71), who went from co-leader to seven shots adrift of Streb.

Former world number one Jason Day (67) is a stroke further back, while Justin Rose (70) and defending champion Duncan (66) missed the cut.

Matt Wallace and Camilo Villegas share the one-stroke lead after the opening round of The RSM Classic.

Wallace and Villegas, who both played the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club, carded six-under-par 64s on Thursday.

Colombian golfer Villegas birdied his last hole to end the round bogey-free and claim a share of the lead with England's Wallace.

Villegas – making his seventh RSM Classic start – is seeking his fifth PGA Tour victory and first since the 2014 Wyndham Championship.

Wallace, a four-time winner on the European Tour still eyeing his maiden PGA Tour crown, holed eight birdies and two bogeys to top the leaderboard. 

Rory Sabbatini, Peter Malnati, Cameron Tringale, Adam Long, Patton Kizzire, 2014 winner Robert Streb, Keegan Bradley and Doug Ghim are five under heading into the second round.

Zach Johnson opened with a 66 in his 11th RSM Classic start, marking the third occasion to start the event with a sub-70 score. He claimed top-10 finishes in 2017 (tied for eighth) and 2018 (tied for seventh). 

Former U.S. Open champion Justin Rose posted a two-under-par 70, while Australian star Jason Day shot a 69. 

Defending champion Tyler Duncan – playing the Plantation Course – struggled to a four-over-par 76.

Cameron Smith feels he could win a couple of Masters titles if he replicates his history-making Augusta performance.

Smith became the first player in Masters history to card all four rounds in the 60s at the major tournament after going 67-68-69-69, but he still finished runner-up on Sunday.

The unheralded Australian ended the rescheduled event 15 under, level with Sung-jae Im, but still five strokes adrift of record-breaking champion Dustin Johnson in Georgia.

It was Smith's best major performance, having tied for fourth at the 2015 U.S. Open.

After achieving a first in The Masters' 84 years, Smith told reporters: "I had no idea starting today that I needed to do that. That's really cool. 

"I honestly can't believe it, but just got to put it down ‑‑ myself, just got to put it down to just scrambling and digging deep. There were a few times throughout week where I could have let it slip away, and it didn't."

Reflecting on his bittersweet display, Smith – winner of two PGA Tour titles and as many on the European Tour – added: "It would have been cool to do that and win. I was actually saying before, you know, I'd take 15‑under around here the rest of my career and I might win a couple. 

"It's just the way it is. I felt as though I didn't quite have my longest stuff, like I said, this week, but my scrambling was what kept me in it."

"I felt like I got away with a lot this week, a bit of skewwhiff shots into the green, something I might need to tidy up if we're coming back here and it's firm and fast," continued the 27-year-old, who was tied for fifth at the 2018 Masters.

"But I love the place. I want to win here really badly, and I feel like it brings the best out of my game."

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