Kirk takes lead, Spieth takes late tumble at Sony Open

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 P

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 P

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/Marc

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/Marc

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

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

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. (

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. (

HONOLULU (AP) — Chris Kirk finished a strong opening round at the Sony Open with a birdie for a 7-under 63.

Jordan Spieth wasn't quite so fortunate.

Spieth hit four trees with four shots on the par-4 eighth, starting with a tee shot that caromed off the trunk into a ditch. He made a quadruple-bogey 8 on his 17th hole of the round and even a birdie at his final hole was only good for a 69.

Kirk played bogey-free on a gorgeous day along the shores just down from Waikiki Beach and had a one-shot lead among the early starters.

Defending champion Justin Thomas, who opened the Sony Open last year with a 59 and went on to a record performance at Waialae Country Club, was among those playing in the afternoon.