Canadian Svensson takes lead at Sony Open

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Canadian rookie Adam Svensson fired seven birdies and an eagle in a nine-under par 61 to seize the first-round lead on Thursday (Friday in Manila) in the US PGA Tour Sony Open in Hawaii by one stroke from Andrew Putnam. "I don't even remember which holes I birdied".

"It was all a blur", the 25-year-old Svensson said.

"Just stay patient. You hear a lot of people say that", he said. The odd birdie here and there is great.

"I'm like, 'Wouldn't it just be a re-drop anyway?' What's the big deal?'" Spieth said.

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Matt Kuchar was third after a bogey-free 63, while Chez Reavie shot 65 to tie for fourth with Hudson Swafford and Shugo Imahira of Japan.

While Putnam was running in eight birdies, Spieth managed a meagre return of only one in brilliant sunshine on what passes for winter in the Pacific tropics.

The former world number one endured his worst professional season in 2018, finishing 31st in the USA tour's FedExCup points race and failing to qualify for the Tour Championship for the first time in his six year career.

Thursday's evidence suggested that could be the case.

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"In the end I just kind of took the simple approach and thought I'll just play the ones I like and that make sense to play", the Australian told reporters on the eve of the Sony Open in Hawaii. "I don't feel like I've been in this situation before", Spieth said. "It's going to happen (at some stage of) your career". "But I just got hot with the putter and just rode the wave".

"I'm not anxious about it".

Spieth doesn't understand the visually awkward change of dropping from knee-height instead of shoulder-height and did what he has done his entire golfing life - held the ball at shoulder level. "As long as I don't let it get to me like I did past year at times".

Fortunately a rules official reminded him of his error before he had played his next shot.

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