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Putnam has career-best 62 to lead Sony Open

Putnam has career-best 62 to lead Sony Open

The assembled writers were sent scrambling to the PGA TOUR media guide after Canadian Adam Svensson found his way to the top of the leaderboard at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Fellow American Brandt Snedeker, a nine-times PGA Tour victor, was among a group on 66, while Spieth carded 73.

"The first hole today, I tapped in with the flagstick [in the hole], and I didn't feel right doing that", he continued. He missed a six-footer for birdie on 18, a five-footer for par on 5 and dropped almost three strokes to the field on the putting greens. He waited until the 16th hole for his first birdie of the year, and that was all he made in his round of 73.

Remembering one of golf's new 2019 rules was also proving a work in progress for the former top-ranked player, who on two separate occasions dropped his ball from shoulder height when taking free relief, rather than the knee height now required.

Svensson, a 25-year-old graduate of the developmental Web.com Tour, was four-under through nine holes after birdies at the fifth and sixth and an eagle at the ninth. "So I'm just going to go out there and have fun tomorrow and enjoy it".

Slugger White, the tour's vice-president of competition, stopped him.

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He caught himself from dropping shoulder-height behind the 18th green.

Rookie Adam Svensson of Canada didn't look anything like the guy who missed the cut in his last three tournaments during the Fall portion of the PGA Tour's 2018-19 season. "Then they got off, and so I had to figure out why I did them well and how to train it back". This is his third year playing the Sony Open, so the course is not new to him.

"I was a little up in the air about the speed of the greens because I didn't get to play a practice round after I got stung by a bee on the foot down by the swimming pool and couldn't walk on it", said Putnam who claimed his first PGA Tour victory past year in the Barracuda Championship.

"I was certainly frustrated with last season results-wise compared to previous seasons", he said.

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