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Bae sets early pace in Honolulu

Bae Sang-moon took the early lead with an impressive first-round 63 at the Sony Open in Honolulu.

The South Korean birdied four of the first six holes on his way to a flawless round which saw him reach the turn in five under and pick up two further shots on the way home.

Bae looked set to hold a comfortable clubhouse lead but Chris Kirk produced a blistering finish to end his round just one shot back on six under.

The American was two over after six holes but birdies at eight and nine got him to the turn in level par.

The 28-year-old then picked up further shots at 11, 12, 15 and 16 before an eagle on the par-five last saw him storm into contention.

Two-time US Open champion Retief Goosen was two shots further back after an unblemished 68 and he sat alongside American duo Harris English and Jimmy Walker.

There then sat a large group of players on three under including current major champions Jason Dufner and Adam Scott and former Open winner John Daly.

Among the later starters were Zach Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Boo Weekley.