Eagle sees Harman take three-shot lead

He reached the green in two at the ninth, making a 17-footer for eagle for a ideal finish to his round.

Peterson opened with four straight birdies then picked up two more at seven and nine to make the turn at six-under then had two birdies and two bogeys coming in to sign for a 64.

Defending champion Justin Thomas posted a second straight 67 to be tied for 17th at six under. He finished with a 2-under 68 to begin tomorrow's round at 3 under for the tournament, some 10 shots off the pace. "I considered hitting a lob wedge because I had something like 30 yards to the hole into the breeze".

Schauffele birdied his last four holes and was among those at 8-under 132, five shots behind.

He politely declined to speak with the media after his stressful round of 18 holes but Spieth will have an opportunity to bounce back from his current T56th position in this year's Sony Open in the second round on Friday. He trailed the No. 1 player by two shots on Sunday. Harman put one in his bag the following week at the Wells Fargo Championship and won. I feel like I did when I was a kid again. "I'm starting to get some of those feelings back". Peterson is on a medical exemption and has eight tournaments to earn $350,000 to remain on the PGA Tour.

Johnson, victor of the 2007 Masters and the 2015 Open championship, broke away from the second-placed bunch at the final hole, despite finding a fairway bunker off the tee.

He has a 3-month-old son, one reason he chose to take the entire fall off before resuming his bid to keep his card.

"I had a great day today, and I'm about to go do it".

Paisley, who is seeking his first European Tour title, said: "I'm really happy coming off five weeks off. I'm just out here free-wheeling".

  • Rosalie Stanley