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Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Marc Leishman handles wind to claim Kapalua lead

Players champ Si-Woo Kim can kick on

Marc Leishman leads the way at Kapalua
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Second round
Sky Sports Golf, 11pm Friday

Marc Leishman coped best in windy Kapalua conditions to claim the lead after the first US Tour round of 2018 and the Aussie ace is 5-1 to win the Tournament of Champions.

Leishman, who cut his teeth on windy tracks in Melbourne's sandbelt, handled the demands of the Plantation Course to shoot a six-under-par 67 despite finding a back garden with his tee shot on the 14th. He leads by one shot from Brian Harman and Jhonattan Vegas.

PGA Tour big guns Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson are two back and share favouritism with Leishman, but 21 of the 34-runner field are under par after the opening round including defending champion Justin Thomas (71).

US Open champion Brooks Koepka, who has been contending with a wrist injury, could only card a five-over 78 while Jordan Spieth has work to do if he's to get back in the hunt. The Open champion struggled with his driving and is eight shots off the lead and a 28-1 chance to reclaim the title he won in dominant style in 2016.

Second-round twoball punters can consider backing Players champion Si-Woo Kim in the 10.40pm match against Vegas.

Kim has found life difficult since his scintillating Sawgrass display. A chronic back problem has plagued the Korean but he shot 69 in the first round, finding 16 greens in regulation. He believes he has benefited from a break and will hope to kick on at Kapalua.

Vegas also played well but his two best rounds of the season - a 67 at the CJ Cup and a 66 at the CIMB Classic - have been followed by modest displays and he may not hang around near the top of the leaderboard for much longer.

Recommendation
S-W Kim to win twoball
1pt 21-20 Betfred, Coral, Ladbrokes


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PGA Tour big guns Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson are two back and share favouritism with Leishman
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