There are several golfers who have love affairs with the Waialae Country Club course, and you can count Tim Clark among them.
The South African has 10 runner-up finishes on the PGA Tour, including his 2011 tie for second here with Steve Marino. Last year, an elbow injury kept Clark from competing in the Sony Open in Hawaii, but he was back Thursday and enjoying every minute of it en route to a 6-under 64.
It left him in a tie for third with Scott Piercy, two shots off the pace of PGA Tour rookie Scott Langley. Clark birdied his last hole at the ninth to shoot 32 on the back and 32 on the front to put him in good position entering today’s second 18.
"Not a whole lot of expectations coming down, but I always enjoy the start of the year," Clark said. "I love coming out here to Hawaii. It’s just a great place, and obviously a course that I really like and have played well at in the past. For me, it’s just a great way to get the year started."
Shot of the day
Past Sony Open champion K.J. Choi had the shot of the day when his approach at the par-3 17th hit Webb Simpson’s golf ball in flight, sending both in crazy directions.
Simpson got to put his ball back in its original location on the green, but Choi’s landed in the bunker, where he had to play it.
He got up and down for a par, while Webb knocked in an 11-footer for birdie. That’s not something you’re going to see too often.
Inside the numbers
Take this statistic for what it’s worth, but Langley’s 198 feet of putts is a PGA Tour record of sorts. His playing partner, Russell Henley, was 10-for-11 on putts of inside 10 feet. No wonder they were 15 under together and the two top finishers after the first round of the first full-field event of 2013.
The hardest hole on the course Thursday was the par-4 second with a scoring average of 4.333. There were eight birdes, 85 pars, 47 bogeys, three doubles and one dreaded "other."
The easiest hole was the par-5 18th with a scoring average of 4.333. There were two eagles, 94 birdies, 46 pars and two bogeys.
There were 10 bogey-free rounds on Thursday, carded by: Langley (62), Clark (64), Stephen Ames (65), Piercy (66), Webb Simpson (66), Matt Jones (66), Ryan Palmer (67), Vijay Singh (67), David Mathis (69) and Chez Reavie (69).
Matt Kuchar carded a 4-under 66 on Thursday during his 900th official round on the PGA Tour.
KEY HOLE 9 Par 5,506 yards
First-round leader Scott Langley made the turn in 5 under after rolling in a 56-foot putt for eagle, one of six for the day at the ninth, which was the second-easiest hole on the course with a scoring average of 4.532.
There were six eagles, 69 birdies, 54 pars, nine bogeys and two double bogeys at No. 9. Three golfers were still on the course when play was suspended.
–Paul Arnett, Star-Advertiser
TODAY’S TEE TIMES
First tee 7:10 a.m. Brian Gay Chad Campbell Charlie Wi 7:20 a.m. Bart Bryant Michael Thompson Colt Knost 7:30 a.m. John Rollins Jimmy Walker Michael Letzig 7:40 a.m. Ted Potter Jr. Stephen Ames Robert Allenby 7:50 a.m. Ryan Moore Michael Bradley Chris Kirk 8 a.m. Ben Curtis Kyle Stanley Tim Clark 8:10 a.m. Pat Perez Joe Ogilvie Kevin Stadler 8:20 a.m. Ryuji Imada David Mathis Richard H. Lee 8:30 a.m. Bobby Gates Jim Herman Donald Constable 8:40 a.m. Russell Knox Alistair Presnell Henrik Norlander 8:50 a.m. Jin Park Aaron Watkins Doug LaBelle II 9 a.m. Scott Gardiner James Hahn Richard Hattori 11:40 a.m. David Hearn Brian Harman Shane Bertsch 11:50 a.m. Charles Howell III John Senden Kevin Streelman Noon Brendon de Jonge Jeff Overton Harris English 12:10 p.m. Rory Sabbatini Jerry Kelly Justin Leonard 12:20 p.m. Zach Johnson Dustin Johnson Johnson Wagner 12:30 p.m. Matt Kuchar Mark Wilson Keegan Bradley 12:40 p.m. Fred Funk Tom Gillis Cameron Tringale 12:50 p.m. Jason Bohn Jeff Maggert Jeff Gove 1 p.m. Eric Meierdierks Luke List Patrick Reed 1:10 p.m. Billy Horschel Derek Ernst Mark Anderson 1:20 p.m. Shawn Stefani Justin Hicks Josh Persons 1:30 p.m. Ben Kohles Paul Haley II Hideki Matsuyama 10th tee 7:10 a.m. Josh Teater Matt Every Nicholas Thompson 7:20 a.m. Boo Weekley Graham DeLaet Jason Kokrak 7:30 a.m. Steve Marino Sang-Moon Bae Bud Cauley 7:40 a.m. George McNeill Stewart Cink Wes Short Jr. 7:50 a.m. Webb Simpson K.J. Choi Vijay Singh 8 a.m. Tommy Gainey Jonas Blixt John Huh 8:10 a.m. Chez Reavie Russ Cochran Martin Flores 8:20 a.m. John Daly Dicky Pride Casey Wittenberg 8:30 a.m. Luke Guthrie Scott Langley Russell Henley 8:40 a.m. Erik Compton Fabian Gomez Hideto Tanihara 8:50 a.m. Andres Gonzales D.H. Lee Danny Lee 9 a.m. Peter Tomasulo Lee Williams Kevin Carll 11:40 a.m. Ken Duke Ricky Barnes Matt Jones 11:50 a.m. Ryan Palmer Dean Wilson Roberto Castro Noon John Mallinger Tag Ridings Darron Stiles 12:10 p.m. Y.E. Yang Davis Love III Mike Weir 12:20 p.m. Scott Piercy Scott Stallings Carl Pettersson 12:30 p.m. J.J. Henry Marc Leishman Kevin Na 12:40 p.m. Tim Herron Brian Davis Daniel Summerhays 12:50 p.m. Greg Owen Chris Stroud Will Claxton 1 p.m. Brian Stuard Brad Fritsch David Lingmerth 1:10 p.m. Andrew Svoboda Cameron Percy Morgan Hoffmann 1:20 p.m. Steve LeBrun Robert Streb Yuta Ikeda 1:30 p.m. Steven Bowditch Justin Bolli Steven Alker