For the first time in the short history of the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges, a player other than an American holds the lead at the end of a round, South Korean Byeong Hun An taking the honor.
An, 28, shot a bogey-free eight-under par 64 in the first round at Nine Bridges on Jeju Island, South Korea, on Thursday. Americans led after each of the first eight rounds played in two previous CJ Cups.
A former U.S. Amateur champion and three-time winner on the European Tour, An still is in pursuit of his first PGA Tour victory. He holds a one-stroke lead over Joaquin Niemann of Chile, whose 65 also was a bogey-free round. Niemann, 20, won the PGA Tour’s season opener, A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier a month ago.
Defending champion Brooks Koepka closed with an eagle three at the par-5 18th to shoot a three-under par 69. Justin Thomas, the other past champion of this event now in its third year, shot a four-under 68.
Charley Hoffman was the low American with a 66. Jason Day and Charles Howell III were part of a group shooting 67s.
Up-to-the-minute leader board and other scoring information for the 2019 CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges, Oct. 17-20, 2019, Nine Bridges, Jeju Island, South Korea
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