Reed shows no fa­tigue, shares Ba­hamas lead

Star-Telegram - - Scoreboard - BY DOUG FER­GU­SON

Pa­trick Reed and Tiger Woods are about as far apart as can be on the leader­board after one round of the Hero World Chal­lenge.

Only they know how close they are after the Ry­der Cup fall­out.

Reed showed no sign of fa­tigue in his trav­els from Dubai to Hong Kong to the Ba­hamas in suc­ces­sive weeks, mak­ing birdie on three of his last five holes Thurs­day for a 7-un­der 65 and a share of the lead with late-en­try Pa­trick Cant­lay.

Woods was never un­der par at any point and opened with a 73, eight shots be­hind, tied for 16th in an 18-man field.

Reed’s com­ments after Europe won the Ry­der Cup still fol­low him. In a phone in­ter­view with The New York Times hours after the loss, Reed blamed Jor­dan Spi­eth for them not play­ing to­gether, U.S. cap­tain Jim Furyk for twice leav­ing him on the bench and he made it sound as though he was stuck with Woods as a part­ner in Paris.

“We spoke after the Ry­der Cup for a long pe­riod of time,” Woods said. “We talked among us and it will stay be­tween us.”

Woods’ re­turn to tour­na­ment com­pe­ti­tion didn’t start nearly as well as his last one ended.

The World Chal­lenge is his first 72-hole event since he won the Tour Cham­pi­onship at East Lake on Sept. 23, the end of a re­mark­able come­back sea­son from a fourth back surgery that sig­naled Woods was ca­pa­ble of win­ning again.

Woods has been bat­tling a fever. He says his an­kles were sore from wear and tear, an is­sue he says has been around for a few months. On the golf course, he didn’t hit it close enough or make enough putts, lead­ing to only his third round over par in his last 21 rounds.

Aus­tralian PGA: Marc Leish­man’s quest for a first pro­fes­sional vic­tory at home made a good start with a 4-un­der 68 to sit two strokes be­hind the Aus­tralian PGA first-round lead­ers in Gold Coast, Aus­tralia. Leish­man, start­ing on the 10th, had two bo­geys and two birdies on his first nine be­fore mak­ing birdie on four of his fi­nal seven holes at Royal Pines.

Lead­ers Jake McLeod and fel­low Aus­tralian Matt Jager shot 66s, and led by one stroke over Jae-woong Eom and Dim­itrios Pa­padatos.

DANTE CAR­RER AP

Pa­trick Reed holds a ball after putting on the 18th green Thurs­day at the Hero World Chal­lenge in Nas­sau, Ba­hamas.

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