Choi sets Sony Open pace

Korean stays bogey-free on opening day

Last Updated: 14/01/08 9:22am

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Choi: bogey-free round

Choi: bogey-free round

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KJ Choi leads the Sony Open by one stroke after an opening round of 64 at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.

First round leaderboard
KJ Choi (Kor) -6
S Marino (US) -5
H Slocum (US) -5
J Walker (US) -5

"Last week I had a bit of trouble with the putting. But this week I felt like my putting was coming back, and I felt very good today. I'm adjusting to the course very well."
KJ Choi Quotes of the week

Choi had three birdies on each half of the course for a six-under total and a one-shot lead over Jimmy Walker, Heath Slocum and Steve Marino.

"Today, I think what's meaningful is that I had a bogey-free round," said Choi, who saved par from a greenside bunker at the 18th.

"Yesterday in practice I felt my shots were coming back, that I was getting into my rhythm.

"Last week I had a bit of trouble with the putting. But this week I felt like my putting was coming back, and I felt very good today. I'm adjusting to the course very well."

England's Kenneth Ferrie got his new life on the PGA Tour off to a good start with a round of 66 that puts him in a nine-man group at four-under.

Ferrie, who earned his PGA Tour card at last month's qualifying school, could have been even better placed after missing birdie chances at his last two holes

The group at four-under also includes Swede Daniel Chopra - who won last week's season opening Mercedes-Benz Championsip - and Chad Campbell.

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