10 Things To Know After Day One of the 2018 CJ Cup

Ten things to know after the first round of the 2018 CJ Cup at Nine Bridges Golf Club in Jeju Island, South Korea, where Chez Reavie leads.

  1. Day-One Leader: With a 4-under 68, Chez Reavie grabbed sole possession of the first-round lead by one shot after hitting 14/14 fairways and 15/18 greens.
  2. High-Score Lead: Reavie’s first-round 4-under 68 is the highest first-round lead both in score and relation to par since the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, where Dustin Johnson, Russell Henley, Ian Poulter and Scott Piercy held a share of the first-round lead with 1-under 69s.
  3. Tough Par-5s: Three of the four par-5s at The Club at Nine Bridges played to an over-par score during the first round. Only seven par-5s played to an over-par score during the entire 2017-18 season, two of which were par-5s at The Club at Nine Bridges.
  4. When Par is Good: During the first round, there were more bogeys (260) than birdies (241). To compare, at last week’s CIMB Classic, there were 1,503 birdies against 592 bogeys.
  5. Last Year’s Champ: The 2017 CJ Cup champion, Justin Thomas, opened with a 1-over 73 to sit five off the pace at T34.
  6. Last Week’s Champ: Coming off a five-shot win at last week’s CIMB Classic, Marc Leishman, opened with a 3-over 75 in his bid for back-to-back victories.
  7. Top-Ranked Player: World No. 3 Brooks Koepka, the 2017-18 PGA TOUR Player of the Year, opened with a 1-under 71 in his first start at Nine Bridges and was three shots back.
  8. Top Marksman: Former Masters winner Danny Willett, who’s been in a two-year funk, hit 14/14 fairways and 17/18 greens (both tops in the field) en route to a 3-under 69, good for T2.
  9. Top Korean: Overcoming a double bogey on the par-3 second hole, Si Woo Kim added a field-high six birdies to post a 3-under 69 and share second-place with Willett.
  10. Tough Finish: Starting on the back nine, Michael Kim was 4-under through 17 holes and held the solo lead (at the time) but a double bogey on his last hole – the par-5 ninth – dropped him two off the lead to T4.

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