Kirk, Zach Johnson lead Sony Open, Spieth takes late tumble

Vaughn Taylor waves to the gallery on the eight green during the first round of the Sony Open golf tournament, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
Jordan Spieth drives off the seventh tee during the first round of the Sony Open golf tournament, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
Chris Kirk walks out the scoring trailer after finishing his first round of the Sony Open golf tournament, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
Jordan Spieth reacts to his putt on the sixth green during the first round of the Sony Open golf tournament, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

HONOLULU — Zach Johnson and Chris Kirk kept clean cards on a gorgeous day and each shot 7-under 63 to share the lead after the first round of the Sony Open.

Jordan Spieth wasn't as fortunate.

Spieth hit four trees with four shots on the par-4 eighth hole — his 17th of the round — an episode that began with his tee shot caroming off a trunk and into a ditch. He wound up with a quadruple-bogey 8, marring his eight-birdie round for only a 69.

Defending champion Justin Thomas opened with a 67, but he was all smiles on the 17th hole. Thomas, an Alabama alum, won a bet that required Georgia graduate Kevin Kisner to wear a Crimson Tide jersey from the tee box to the green.

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