HONOLULU (AFP) -Paul Casey, who was competing in Honolulu for the first time in 10 years, fired a 62 to grab a share of the lead at the PGA Tour’s Sony Open on Thursday.
England’s Casey is the co-leader along with Webb Simpson as they shot matching eight-under 62s in the first round at the Waialae Country Club course.
Casey is a 13-time winner on the European Tour, but his sole win on the PGA Tour came at the 2009 Houston Open.
“I don’t know what to say. I mean, I’m ecstatic,” Casey said. “First, I’m loving being in Hawaii. I have not been here for a long time. The last time I was here was 2010 when I played in Maui, and it’s just, it’s great to be back.”
Former US Open champion Simpson is a four-time winner on the US tour, with the last one coming at the 2014 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Robert Streb continues to play well this season as he is tied for third with Camilo Villegas after the duo began the event with seven-under 63s. Streb won the McGladrey Classic in October.
Rory Sabbatini carded a six-under 64 and he is alone in fifth. Jason Day, Matt Kuchar, John Peterson, Tim Clark, J.J. Henry and Jonathan Randolph are all tied for sixth at five-under 65.
Casey began on the back nine. He started off with a birdie on 10 before making three consecutive pars from No. 11. On the 14th hole, Casey rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt to get to two-under for the round.