The strong wind was no problem for Collin Morikawa. Facing relentless 30 mph gusts, Morikawa played bogey free on Thursday and took the early lead in the Sony Open with a 5-under 65. That was good for a three-shot lead among the 72 players who played in the morning.
Conditions were so difficult for scoring that only 12 players from the morning wave broke par. Scoring typically is a lot lower at Waialae. Morikawa finished with a 4-iron into 6 feet for birdie. Justin Thomas played in the afternoon. He is going for his second straight win in Hawaii.