A big drive gave Collin Morikawa his first major. A big putt gave Viktor Hovland his first win. And a big iron — in Bryson DeChambeau's case, a really big iron — allowed players to consider an unconventional approach to the game.
Justin Thomas birdied seven of the first 12 holes in a bogey-free round to stand on 14-under 130 after 36 holes at Sherwood Country Club.
United States will rest easy and return to Royal Melbourne with all the momentum after some 18th hole magic on the greens produced a 'paradigm shift' at the Presidents Cup
Shubhankar Sharma's bogeys included a three-putt on the 186-yard par-3 third, and he also bogeyed the Par-4 fourth where his second shot went into the right greenside bunker and then he hit to 11 yards to the green from where he two-putted
Hero World Challenge: Patrick Cantlay, Patrick Reed end day one as joint leaders; host Tiger Woods trails at T16
Despite the presence of an elite field of nine Major winners, the focus expectedly was on Tiger Woods, who was playing alongside Justin Thomas.