Sony Open 2014: Sang-Moon Bae goes low, Adam Scott and Jason Dufner in the hunt

Sam Greenwood

Waialae was yielding plenty of red numbers on Thursday, and some name winners from last season all took advantage.

While it's the first full field event of the calendar year, the Sony Open is one of the more unique setups the Tour pros will face all season. Waialae Country Club is short and tight compared to most Tour layouts, particularly many of the cookie cutter TPC courses that dot the schedule. Waialae demands consistency off the tee and steady ball-striking, which are required to navigate the winding and tighter classic setup on Oahu.

But the course is also vulnerable to low numbers for those who are in form, and Sang-Moon Bae, the immensely talented 2013 winner at the Byron Nelson, took aim in Thursday's first round. Bae was out early in the morning wave, and set a pace that would not be matched by firing a 7-under round of 63. Bae did much of his work on Waialae's front nine, going out in 30 with five birdies, including four in the first six holes. Chris Kirk, another winner last year, came close to matching that number and is just one back at 6-under.

The superstar trio of Adam Scott, Jason Dufner, and Matt Kuchar all posted rounds under par and are right there heading into the second round. Scott and Dufner both finished 3-under, while the lanky Kuchar is one back at 2-under. Kuchar had, well, a pretty boring first loop -- bogey free with 16 pars and two red numbers at the par-5s. Scott had a comparable round, picking up birdies on the two par-5s at the end of each nine and avoiding bogey all round. Dufner, on the other hand, had a wild closing nine (Waialae's front 9) with three bogeys, three birdies, and three pars to finish in the red next to Scott.

Those three will all be out together again in the afternoon on Friday, during Golf Channel's primetime coverage back in the eastern U.S. As we saw on Thursday, all three have the talent to make a run to the low 60s and charge to the top of the leaderboard at a gettable Waialae. Here are the complete results from Thursday's opening round:

Place Player Score Round 1
1 Sang-Moon Bae -7 63
2 Chris Kirk -6 64
T3 Brian Stuard -5 65
T3 Ryan Palmer -5 65
T5 Retief Goosen -4 66
T5 Harris English -4 66
T5 Jimmy Walker -4 66
T5 John Daly -4 66
T5 Hideto Tanihara -4 66
T5 Jason Kokrak -4 66
T5 Daniel Summerhays -4 66
T12 Ryuji Imada -3 67
T12 William McGirt -3 67
T12 James Hahn -3 67
T12 Adam Scott -3 67
T12 Jason Dufner -3 67
T12 Billy Hurley III -3 67
T12 Kevin Foley -3 67
T12 Jerry Kelly -3 67
T12 Boo Weekley -3 67
T12 K.J. Choi -3 67
T12 Marc Leishman -3 67
T12 Ben Martin -3 67
T12 Brice Garnett -3 67
T25 Morgan Hoffmann -2 68
T25 Pat Perez -2 68
T25 Tim Herron -2 68
T25 Greg Chalmers -2 68
T25 Jeff Overton -2 68
T25 Roberto Castro -2 68
T25 Robert Allenby -2 68
T25 Charlie Beljan -2 68
T25 Ken Duke -2 68
T25 Matt Kuchar -2 68
T25 Derek Ernst -2 68
T25 Justin Leonard -2 68
T25 Chris Stroud -2 68
T25 Russell Knox -2 68
T25 Miguel Angel Carballo -2 68
T25 Joe Durant -2 68
T25 David Hearn -2 68
T25 Ricky Barnes -2 68
T25 Zach Johnson -2 68
T25 Mark Wilson -2 68
T25 Brendon de Jonge -2 68
T25 John Peterson -2 68
T25 Scott Gardiner -2 68
T48 Justin Hicks -1 69
T48 Matt Every -1 69
T48 Brian Harman -1 69
T48 Charlie Wi -1 69
T48 John Rollins -1 69
T48 Yusaku Miyazato -1 69
T48 Jim Herman -1 69
T48 Brad Fritsch -1 69
T48 Heath Slocum -1 69
T48 Spencer Levin -1 69
T48 Johnson Wagner -1 69
T48 Stewart Cink -1 69
T48 Peter Malnati -1 69
T48 Tyrone Van Aswegen -1 69
T48 Will Wilcox -1 69
T48 Bronson La'Cassie -1 69
T48 Alex Prugh -1 69
T65 Matt Bettencourt E 70
T65 Will MacKenzie E 70
T65 Vijay Singh E 70
T65 D.A. Points E 70
T65 Kenny Perry E 70
T65 Kevin Na E 70
T65 Wes Roach E 70
T65 Eric Dugas E 70
T65 Bobby Gates E 70
T65 Seung-Yul Noh E 70
T65 Michael Putnam E 70
T65 Woody Austin E 70
T65 Jonathan Byrd E 70
T65 Jordan Spieth E 70
T65 Robert Streb E 70
T65 Stuart Appleby E 70
T65 Jeff Maggert E 70
T65 Troy Merritt E 70
T65 Derek Tolan E 70
T65 Hudson Swafford E 70
T65 Hyung-Sung Kim E 70
T65 Brendon Todd E 70
T65 Toshinori Muto E 70
T88 D.H. Lee 1 71
T88 John Huh 1 71
T88 Charles Howell III 1 71
T88 Scott Brown 1 71
T88 Scott Langley 1 71
T88 Will Claxton 1 71
T88 Andrew Svoboda 1 71
T88 Chad Collins 1 71
T88 Briny Baird 1 71
T88 Bo Van Pelt 1 71
T88 Scott Verplank 1 71
T88 Brian Gay 1 71
T88 Scott Piercy 1 71
T88 David Lingmerth 1 71
T88 Alex Aragon 1 71
T88 Tim Wilkinson 1 71
T104 Carl Pettersson 2 72
T104 Tommy Gainey 2 72
T104 Martin Trainer 2 72
T104 Masahiro Kawamura 2 72
T104 John Senden 2 72
T104 Josh Teater 2 72
T104 Michael Thompson 2 72
T104 Steven Bowditch 2 72
T104 Fred Funk 2 72
T104 William Liu (a) 2 72
T104 Kevin Kisner 2 72
T104 Jim Renner 2 72
T104 Chesson Hadley 2 72
T104 Yuta Ikeda 2 72
T118 Rory Sabbatini 3 73
T118 Jamie Lovemark 3 73
T118 Guan Tianlang (a) 3 73
T118 Edward Loar 3 73
T118 Cameron Tringale 3 73
T118 Erik Compton 3 73
T118 Nicholas Thompson 3 73
T118 Y.E. Yang 3 73
T118 Mike Weir 3 73
T118 Russell Henley 3 73
T118 Tim Clark 3 73
T118 Ryo Ishikawa 3 73
T118 Kevin Tway 3 73
T118 Danny Lee 3 73
T118 Frank Lickliter II 3 73
T133 Paul Goydos 4 74
T133 Daniel Chopra 4 74
T133 Ted Potter, Jr. 4 74
T133 Mark Anderson 4 74
T133 Andrew Loupe 4 74
T133 Kirk Nelson 4 74
T139 Sean O'Hair 5 75
T139 Shane Bertsch 5 75
T139 Lee Williams 5 75
T142 Bud Cauley 6 76
T142 Troy Matteson 6 76
144 Jared Sawada (a) 8 78

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