Lurking McIlroy enjoying Tournament of Champions

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2019 starts with the Sentry Tournament of Champions, contested at Kapalua Resort's Plantation Course on Maui.

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Kevin Tway now tops the leaderboard at six under at the first US PGA Tour event of the year, while Leishman is joined in a share of second by Kizzire, former US Open victor Webb Simpson and Andrew Putnam.

The Northern Irish star carded a second-round 68 - which included six birdies and four from his final seven holes - to be within striking distance of leader Gary Woodland at the halfway stage on Friday. I played in it a lot. So got some pills and feel a little bit better today but still a little dizzy.

He was 5-foot-7 and barely 120 pounds back then. Kizzire aced the par-three eighth hole for his first hole-in-one on the tour.

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Johnson and Thomas are the last two winners at Kapalua.

Marc Leishman was heading to Hawaii anyway ... for a family holiday.

Ian Poulter began his week with a two-under 71 and Paul Casey sits in the group on level-par alongside Open Champion Francesco Molinari, while world No 1 Brooks Koepka started with a three-over 76. Coming off a birdie on the 16th, Leishman shoved his drive so far right on the 17th that it ran into the bushes. And I had that chance to make the bogey, which would have been a great bogey, but double was pretty disappointing.

It was the first tournament day where the players experienced the new rules introduced by the R & A and the USGA, with a few players choosing to putt with the flagstick left in, notably Bryson DeChambeau, an advocate of putting with the flag in place, who did it even from close range.

"I stayed patient", McIlroy said. "So I felt like for the most part I needed the pin to be in and it went in and it was a very nice help".