Tway leads as Thomas, Johnson lurk at Tournament of Champions

Tournament of Champions just another business trip for Brooks Koepka			Kevin C. Cox  Getty Images

McIlroy usually starts the year on the European Tour but the former world number one opted to kick-off his campaign on the PGA Tour via the Tournament of Champions, where he is three shots off the pace.

Marc Leishman of Australia bounced back from a triple-bogey 7 on the sixth hole with five birdies coming home and is four back in solo fifth after a 70, while Xander Schauffele of La Jolla and San Diego State totaled 67 and is one more down in a tie for sixth with Cameron Champ of Sacramento, who finished at 68, and fourth-ranked Justin Thomas, the 2017 TOC champion, who wound up at 72. Tway's blemish-free round included seven birdies in what is his first appearance in the winners-only event after earning his first PGA Tour title at the Safeway Open in October a year ago.

"I'm still going to play in Europe and [the fans] are still going to see me play - maybe not as regularly as it used to be - but that's just a product of where the global schedule is right now and where my life is right now", McIlroy recently told Golf.com.

"I'm in a pretty good spot off the golf course". His 74 included a two-shot penalty when he hit a ball that wasn't his. You know what clubs you are going to hit off all the tees and how far right or left you are going to have to aim on each hole.

The Safeway Open champion also said he was eager to get off the course and into bed.

"I think anything in the 60s today was a good start", he said. "Definitely going to get horizontal, probably take some more medicine and sleep a lot, which I'm good at", he said with a smile.

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DeChambeau birdied two of the last four holes to card a 68 that was matched by McIlroy, who birdied four of the last seven holes, while Tway made his first bogey of the tournament on the 17th hole in a 71.

However, Day is confident of reeling in American Woodland, citing the fact he shares the course record at Kapalua - an 11-under-par 61 he shot during the 2015 event.

World No. 1 Brooks Koepka is in a tie for 30th after a 76, but 21 of the 33 golfers who played Thursday broke par.

Rory McIlroy is just three shots off the lead after his opening round of the 2019 PGA Tour season.

Three players - Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose - qualified but are not playing.

"The bulk of the season is so much earlier now I didn't want to take any time off, I didn't want to rest any", Woodland added.

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