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KAPALUA, Hawaii – PGA champion Jimmy Walker began the new year with an 8-under 65 to take the first-round lead Thursday in the SBS Tournament of Champions.
Walker lost a good opportunity to win at Kapalua two years when Patrick Reed rallied over the closing holes and beat him in a playoff. He is a long way from payback, though it was a good start on a tropical day of blue sky and blue ocean.
Jim Herman got in one last round with his former employer — President-elect Donald Trump — before coming to Maui. He started strong and finished with five pars for a 67.
Daniel Berger and Jason Dufner were among those at 68.
Defending champion Jordan Spieth struggled to make putts and was even par with two to play.