Sentry Tournament of Champions Five takeaways from 2018 PGA Tours first round

Here are five takeaways from the opening day of PGA Tour golf in 2018.

Jordan Spieth three-putts at Kapalua:

I expect Spieth, who was atrocious on the greens, to bounce back in the second round, but it wasnt the start I thought we would see from somebody who has never finished outside the top three in three appearances at this event.

Koepka won the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship in 2018

Harman was my sleeper pick at 28-1 this week. Hes now 12-1 to win and didnt make a bogey on a day with some pretty nasty conditions on a big track. Harman plays with a swagger that screams, top five player in the world, which hes not, but it both helps him to impressive results and makes me like him more than I should.

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1. Reminder of winners:One of my favorite aspects of this tournament is the reminder of exactly who won on the PGA Tour in 2017. The audible gasp when they show Chris Stroud. The covering of the mouth when they show Ryan Armour. The holy hell under your breath when D.A. Points hammers in a par putt. With journeymen like this contrasted with the Jordan Spieths and Rickie Fowlers in the field, the PGA Tour gets to display that even though anybody can (and does) win, this circuit is still dominated by stars. Its a nice annual divergence of talent.

2. Tough day for Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas collectively:These two came into the week a combined 97 under par in five appearances here. Playing together in the last group on Thursday, they combined to shoot an even-par 146. Thomas fired a 2-under 71 but needed three birdies in his last five holes to get there. Spieth shot a 2-over 75, which was his first round at or over par ever at this tournament (in 13 attempts).

Justin Thomas headlines a nice field set for the event in Malaysia

5. Golf being back is so great:I spend most of November and December thinking, I literally never want to see another golf shot for the rest of my life. Then I spend this tournament wondering why its not eight rounds long. Part of that is because of the scenery. Part of it is because of the field. Part of it is because its in primetime. And part of it is because its a nice foreshadowing of whats to come in the next eight months. The history well see and the golfers that will make it. Thursday was full of great shots from the best players in the world at a course with some handsome visuals. Golf is back, which is awesome, and the golf at this level has never been better, which is even more awesome.

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3. Brian Harman is the man:This is how I think of Brian Harman when I think of Brian Harman. Arm slung over a chair, not a care in the world. Just thinking about how awesome he is at golf.

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4. Hawaiian fashion choices:Rickie Fowler wore an untucked Hawaiian shirt. Jon Rahm rocked a visor for the first time I can remember. Justin Thomas kicks were spicy. Im fine with it all because of the locale and vibe, but can we get Fowler some different patterns? I actually support the untucked shirt if only to rattle the cages of golfs aristocrats, but lets maybe not make it look like Kevin Na was in charge of wardrobe next time. He was dressed like he was getting ready to coach Chaminade to a 45-point loss against Michigan State at the Maui Invitational!

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He has some nice company at the top, too. Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama are all within three of his 6-under lead, although the week looks like its going to tough with more wind in the forecast throughout. Normally something in the mid-20s or even close to 30 under par wins this event, but that likely wont be the case in this years version. Only six players shot in the 60s on Thursday.

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Rickie Fowler is in contention after Round 1.

Also, if Fowler is going to keep rocking 4-under 69s in this wind on this course, he can wear whatever the hell he wants to wear.

Sentry Tournament of Champions: Five takeaways from 2018 PGA Tours first round

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Marc Leishman leads the Sentry Tournament of Champions after the first round by a stroke over Brian Harman and Jhonattan Vegas. On a wind-swept Maui day, Leishman made eight birdies, finished second in the field in approach shots on a ball-strikers course and ended the day with a tasty 6-under 67.

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Sentry Tournament of Champions: Five takeaways from 2018 PGA Tours first round

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Sentry Tournament of Champions Five takeaways from 2018 PGA Tours first round

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Rickie Fowler is suuuuper casual in Hawaii today

Its very Maui, Fowler told Golf Channel before admitting that both Spieth and Thomas gave him a hard time. I always like pushing the boundaries a little bit.

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