Reavie leads by 1 at Nine Bridges; Thomas struggles

American Chez Reavie shot a 4-under-par 68 on Thursday to build a one-shot lead after the first round of The CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges on Jeju Island, South Korea.

England’s Danny Willett and South Korea’s Si Woo Kim are one shot off the pace at 3 under, followed by a group of seven players at 2 under that includes England’s Ian Poulter, South Korea’s Byeong Hun An and Americans Michael Kim, Scott Piercy and Nick Watney.

Justin Thomas
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The CJ Cup is a 78-player, no-cut event. American Justin Thomas, who won last year’s inaugural event in a playoff over Australia’s Marc Leishman, struggled to a 1-over 73 and is in a tie for 33rd along with former No. 1 Jason Day of Australia.

Leishman, coming off a victory at the CIMB Classic last week, is another two shots back at 3 over along with countryman Adam Scott.

Thomas has a shot to take over the world No. 1 ranking this week, as does 2017-18 PGA Tour Player of the Year Brooks Koepka, who is at 1 under along with Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama.

Reavie hunting greens

Reavie hit 15 of 18 greens during an opening round that featured five birdies against a lone bogey. The 36-year-old is seeking his first PGA Tour victory since the 2008 RBC Canadian Open — 232 starts ago. His 4 under is the lowest opening-round lead in relation to par since four players held the lead at the 2018 U.S. Open at 2 under.

South Korea’s Doyeob Mun carded an even-par 72 in his first career round on the PGA Tour.

This is the third of eight events during the PGA Tour’s fall wraparound schedule before a seven-week break.

–Field Level Media