(Reuters) – Patrick Reed rolled in a perfectly-judged birdie putt at the final hole to tie fellow American Patrick Cantlay for the first-round lead at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Thursday.
Reed matched the speed and the break nicely to curl his 12-footer home and join Cantlay at seven-under-par 65 in Albany, three strokes ahead of compatriot Dustin Johnson and Swede Henrik Stenson.
Tournament host Tiger Woods battled to a one-over 73 that left him joint second last in the elite 18-man field.
The event does not have official status on the PGA Tour, meaning no FedExCup points are awarded, and victory does not count on the official record list.
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, editing by Ed Osmond)