Sebastian Munoz set the early pace at the Zozo Championship after earning a one-stroke lead in the opening round, while defending champion Tiger Woods struggled on his return to the PGA Tour.

Colombian golfer Munoz carded an eight-under-par 64 to top the leaderboard in Thousand Oaks, where the tournament is taking place after being relocated from Japan due to the coronavirus pandemic and travel restrictions.

Munoz – eyeing his second Tour title – holed two eagles, eight birdies, a double bogey and two bogeys at Sherwood Country Club.

The 27-year-old recorded his second eagle of the day on the par-five 16th, holing out from 51 yards to mark the third instance in his Tour career with two eagles in a single round.

England's Tyrrell Hatton and American star Justin Thomas – who ended the day eagle-birdie-birdie – are a shot off the pace heading into Friday's second round, while Brian Harman, Lanto Griffin, Kevin Kisner, Harris English and Dylan Frittelli are stroke further back at six under.

World number two Jon Rahm and Jason Day were among the players to post first-round 68s in a field missing top-ranked golfer Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott due to positive coronavirus cases.

After claiming his maiden Tour title via last week's CJ Cup at Shadow Creek, Jason Kokrak shot a three-under-par 69 to be tied for 26th alongside the likes of Xander Schauffele and Matthew Wolff.

Searching for his first victory since 2017, former world number one Jordan Spieth opened with a 70, just like 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed.

Rory McIlroy – a four-time major champion – recorded a one-over-par 73, a shot worse off than Phil Mickelson.

As for Woods, his title defence and bid for a record-breaking 83rd Tour crown started with a forgettable four-over-par 76 that left him 12 strokes behind Munoz.

Making just his eighth start of 2020 and playing for the first time since missing the U.S. Open cut ahead of next month's Masters defence, Woods played three par-five holes over par in the same round for the first time in his illustrious career.

Woods carded a three-over 39 on the back nine, which included a double bogey and two bogeys to go with a solitary birdie.

Former world number one Adam Scott will miss the Zozo Championship this week after testing positive for coronavirus.

It was announced on the eve of the tournament at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California, that Scott has returned a positive COVID-19 test.

The 2013 Masters champion is self-isolating and will be replaced in the field for the PGA Tour event by Jim Herman.

"While it’s difficult news to receive – as I really looked forward to playing this week – my focus now is on recovery for the final stretch of the fall," Scott said

The Australian has won 14 PGA Tour titles, most recently at the Genesis Invitational in February.

Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from the Zozo Championship, delaying his return after testing positive for coronavirus.

Johnson withdrew from last week's The CJ Cup at Shadow Creek after contracting COVID-19.

The world number one was due to return at Sherwood Country Club in California this week, but the American will miss the PGA Tour event.

"Unfortunately, Dustin just made the decision to withdraw from Zozo," his agent David Winkle told pgatour.com.

"While he is feeling much better, he is still a bit low on energy and feels it would be best to wait and resume his schedule in Houston."

Johnson, who has two wins this year, was last in action as he finished tied for sixth at the U.S. Open last month.

A 23-time winner on the PGA Tour, Johnson is scheduled to return at the Houston Open, which begins on November 5 – a week before the Masters.

Tiger Woods' Hero World Challenge has been cancelled as a result of travel restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event in the Bahamas, hosted by 15-time major winner Woods, was set to take place in December but it was called off on Monday.

It means there will be no opportunity for Henrik Stenson to defend his title in Albany, where a star-studded field of 18 players had been scheduled to compete.

"Given the current global restrictions and ongoing developments resulting from COVID-19, the 2020 Hero World Challenge will not be played this year," read a statement from tournament organisers.

"This decision was made with the health and wellbeing of all tournament constituents and the Albany community in mind.

"We look forward to hosting 18 of the top players in the world and welcoming tournament guests to Albany, Bahamas next year."

Jason Kokrak celebrated a maiden PGA Tour title after winning The CJ Cup at Shadow Creek by two strokes on Sunday.

Kokrak carded an eight-under-par 64 to beat fellow American Xander Schauffele to the title in Las Vegas.

The 35-year-old Kokrak was flawless in the final round, holing eight birdies to finish 20 under for the tournament, including four in a row from the fifth to the eighth.

Kokrak – in his 233rd career start on the PGA Tour – made 14 putts of 10 feet or more during the event – a career-high in a Tour tournament.

Schauffele, who was seeking his fifth PGA Tour crown, posted a fourth-round 66 to earn the runners-up cheque.

After shooting a 74 on the penultimate day, Schauffele responded with seven birdies and just one bogey as he backed up his fifth-place finish at the U.S. Open.

Tyrrell Hatton (65) and overnight leader Russell Henley (70) closed the tournament tied for third at 17 under, while Talor Gooch (68) was a shot further back.

Defending champion Justin Thomas' bid for a third CJ Cup title ended in a share of 12th, 12 strokes adrift of Kokrak.

Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy recorded a 74 as he fell 11 positions to six under – a shot better off than Brooks Koepka.

Koepka – playing for the first time following a two-month injury layoff due to hip and knee issues which forced him to miss the FedEx Cup play-offs and U.S. Open – posted a one-over-par 73.

Former world number one Jordan Spieth's (67) second consecutive round in the 60s earned a share of 38th but his struggles continue as he still searches for his first triumph since 2017.

Russell Henley leads The CJ Cup at Shadow Creek by three strokes after impressing in the third round.

Henley carded a bogey-free five-under-par 67 to move top of the leaderboard through 54 holes in Nevada on Saturday.

A three-time PGA Tour champion but without a win since 2017, Henley tallied five birdies, including three in a row from the 10th hole.

Henley now holds a 54-hole lead/co-lead for the third time on Tour – the American has converted one of those instances into a victory via the 2013 Sony Open.

At 15 under, Henley enters the final round ahead of Lanto Griffin (66), Talor Gooch (69), Jason Kokrak (68) and Xander Schauffele (74).

Schauffele was the overnight leader having surged top of the standings by three shots, but the four-time PGA Tour winner lost ground on the penultimate day following two birdies and four bogeys.

Defending champion and two-time winner Justin Thomas is five strokes off the pace after rising two positions on the back of his four-under-par 68.

Thomas – who leads the Tour in fall victories (four) since the wraparound schedule started in 2013-14, no other player has more than two in that span – is tied for sixth alongside former world number one Jason Day (66) and Tyrrell Hatton (73).

Day is playing for his 13th Tour victory and first since the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship.

Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy posted a third-round 66 to catapult himself into a share of 10th, seven strokes behind Henley.

McIlroy birdied his final three holes to improve to eight under overall, alongside Bubba Watson (65), Sebastian Munoz (67) and Hideki Matsuyama (70), while Jon Rahm (69) is a stroke further back.

Brooks Koepka – playing for the first time following a two-month injury layoff due to hip and knee issues which forced him to miss the FedEx Cup play-offs and U.S. Open – is tied for 18th position.

Koepka's four-under-par 68 ensured he ended the round alongside the likes of Rickie Fowler (68) and Viktor Hovland (69).

Three-time major winner Jordan Spieth (69), meanwhile, finds himself one over after three rounds.

Xander Schauffele carded a superb eight-under 64 to grab a three-stroke lead at the halfway mark of The CJ Cup at Shadow Creek.

Schauffele, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, moved into 14 under on the back of a bogey-free second round in Nevada on Friday.

The American started his round on the back nine, and made seven birdies in eight holes – including six straight from the 13th.

His back-nine 29 marked his career-low nine-hole score on the PGA Tour.

Schauffele is three shots clear of Tyrrell Hatton, who held a one-stroke overnight lead.

Hatton, who won the BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour last week, endured a mixed round with seven birdies and three bogeys.

Russell Henley is outright third at 10 under after also shooting a 68.

Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy improved in the second round to sit at two under in a tie for 26th.

Koepka managed a four-under 68 after his opening 74, while McIlroy fired a 69.

Justin Thomas, the defending champion and two-time winner of the PGA Tour event, is in contention after carding a 66 to get to six under.

Talor Gooch sits outright fourth at nine under after an impressive 65, and he is a stroke ahead of Jason Kokrak (66) and US PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa (65).

Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth's struggles continued as he shot a second straight 74 to be at four over and in a tie for 61st.

Winless since 2017, Spieth has missed three consecutive cuts and has just two top-10 finishes in 16 events this year.

Tyrrell Hatton holds a one-stroke lead following the opening round of The CJ Cup at Shadow Creek, where the likes of Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth ended the day over par.

The PGA Tour tournament is taking place in Las Vegas after being moved from South Korea because of travel restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, with world number one Dustin Johnson absent due to his positive COVID-19 test.

On the course, Englishman Hatton – who claimed last week's BMW PGA Championship via the European Tour – set the early pace with a seven-under-par 65 at Shadow Creek Golf Course on Thursday.

Looking to add to his sole PGA Tour victory after winning this year's Arnold Palmer Invitational, Hatton mixed an eagle with seven birdies and two bogeys.

It is Hatton's first career 18-hole lead on the PGA Tour as the 29-year-old tops the leaderboard ahead of Russell Henley and Xander Schauffele, having tied his career low nine-hole score by shooting a 30 on the back nine.

Spanish star Jon Rahm and Tyler Duncan are two strokes off the pace heading into the second round, a shot clear of Joel Dahmen, Ryan Palmer and Kevin Streelman.

Former world number one Jason Day posted a 70 to be two under – a stroke better off than Sergio Garcia.

Justin Thomas opened his title defence with a 72 after the two-time CJ Cup champion double bogeyed his final hole of the round.

Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy – playing for the first time since finishing tied for eighth at the U.S. Open – struggled on day one.

McIlroy bogeyed his final three holes as he signed for a one-over-par 73, while Koepka and Spieth did not fare much better ahead of next month's rescheduled Masters.

Returning following a two-month injury layoff due to hip and knee issues after missing the FedEx Cup playoffs and U.S. Open, Koepka had three birdies, a double bogey and three bogeys on a mixed day.

Out of form and without a title since capturing the 2017 Open Championship, Spieth experienced a similar round with four birdies, a triple bogey and three bogeys.

Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from the CJ Cup after testing positive for coronavirus.

The world number one was tested after notifying PGA Tour officials that he was experiencing symptoms.

J.T. Poston will now replace Johnson in the field at Shadow Creek this week as the American begins a period of self-isolation.

"Obviously, I am very disappointed," Johnson, who last competed at the U.S. Open in September, said in a statement issued by the PGA.

"I was really looking forward to competing this week but will do everything I can to return as quickly as possible.

"I have already had a few calls with the Tour's medical team and appreciate all the support and guidance they have given me."

Johnson was considered the favourite for the CJ Cup, having won three PGA Tour titles in 2019-20 to return to the top of the rankings.

He was crowned the PGA Tour Player of the Year for the second time shortly after winning the FedEx Cup for the first time.

Martin Laird reigned supreme at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open after winning a three-way play-off on Sunday.

Scottish golfer Laird birdied the second play-off hole to pip Austin Cook and Matthew Wolff to the title at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

It ended Laird's seven-year wait for a fourth PGA Tour trophy, having last won the Texas Open in 2013.

The triumph was also Laird's second Shriners Hospitals for Children Open crown, 11 years after capturing his first, as he became the first player to win on Tour competing as a sponsor exemption since Wolff in 2019.

A play-off was needed after Laird (68), and American duo Cook (66) and Wolff (66) finished tied at 23 under – three strokes clear – through 72 holes following four rounds.

Laird had led by three shots following a memorable moment on the ninth hole, where he holed an incredible eagle.

Wolff has now finished runner-up in each of his last two starts and three of his last 10, including second spot at the U.S. Open.

Abraham Ancer finished in sole possession of fourth place at 20 under after posting a final-round 67, a stroke ahead of Peter Malnati (66), James Hahn (68) and Will Zalatoris (69).

U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau catapulted himself into a share of eighth place, five shots off the pace.

DeChambeau – the 2018 winner – holed an eagle, five birdies and two bogeys for a five-under-par 66 ahead of next month's rescheduled Masters.

Sergio Garcia (73) ended the event 12 under, alongside defending champion Kevin Na (76).

Martin Laird and Patrick Cantlay share the two-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, where Bryson DeChambeau lost ground.

Scotsman Laird and American Cantlay both posted third-round 65s to top the leaderboard at the PGA Tour tournament in Las Vegas on Saturday.

The pair were part of the quintet tied for the lead at the halfway stage of the event, and they moved clear at TPC Summerlin.

Laird was bogey-free after sinking an eagle and four birdies, while Cantlay had six birdies to sit 20 under through 54 holes.

U.S. Open runner-up Matthew Wolff, Wyndham Clark (65), Brian Harman (67) and Austin Cook (67) are tied for third following the penultimate round.

Wolff posted his career-low score on the PGA Tour with a 10-under-par 61. Since 1983, he is the fifth player to make three eagles on either the front or back nine in a round on Tour, doing so on number 11, 13 and 15.

Defending champion Kevin Na and Will Zalatoris (64) – playing on a sponsor exemption – are three shots off the pace and share seventh position in the standings.

Na scored a bogey-free 64 as he looks to join Jim Furyk as the only back-to-back winners of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Former Masters champion Sergio Garcia (69) and Peter Malnati (71) – one of the overnight leaders – are among a group of players tied for 19th after sliding down the leaderboard.

Meanwhile, it was a tough day for in-form U.S. Open champion DeChambeau following his even-par-71.

DeChambeau was a shot adrift at the start of the day but the 2018 Shriners winner was unable to post his third consecutive round in the 60s after struggling on the front nine, where he had two double bogeys and two bogeys to go with three birdies.

The American had just three double bogeys or worse through his first 18 rounds at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, but he had two through six holes on Saturday.

Peter Malnati is among five players tied for the lead following the second round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Malnati, Martin Laird (63), Patrick Cantlay (65), Brian Harman (63) and Austin Cook (65) share the one-shot lead through 36 holes at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

Friday's five-way tie atop the leaderboard after two rounds is the most on the PGA Tour since the 2019 Masters.

American golfer Malnati surged into contention, rising 20 positions, with a stunning career-low nine-under-par 62.

A one-time PGA Tour champion but without a title since 2015, Malnati was bogey-free as he holed an eagle and seven birdies.

U.S. Open champion and 2018 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open winner Bryson DeChambeau is a stroke further back at 13 under heading into the weekend.

DeChambeau – the overnight leader – posted a second-round 67, having opened the tournament with a flawless 62 on Thursday.

Eyeing next month's rescheduled Masters, DeChambeau only dropped one shot on day two, recording two eagles and a birdie to stay in the hunt.

Former Masters champion Sergio Garcia is among the players tied for seventh at 12 under following his seven-under-par 64.

Defending champion Kevin Na, meanwhile, carded back-to-back 66s to be four shots off the pace.

However, it was not a good day for the likes of Rickie Fowler (74) and former world number one Jason Day (72) after they missed the cut.

Bryson DeChambeau flexed his muscles as the U.S. Open champion seized a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Shriners Hospital for Children Open.

DeChambeau – playing for the first time since breaking through for his maiden major last month – carded a bogey-free nine-under-par 62 on Thursday – the lowest opening round of his career.

The American star and 2018 Shriners Hospital for Children Open winner, who is already eyeing next month's rescheduled Masters, was flawless as he holed nine birdies at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

Starting on the back nine, DeChambeau reeled off five successive birdies – starting on 15 – before closing out the round by birdieing the last.

"That's the advantage of power in this game now, that you can do those sorts of things ... I didn't make any of them, but it makes it easy. That's five birdies right there and it makes the golf course a lot easier," DeChambeau said afterwards, discussing his eagle chances.

"I would say that lowers the par to 67 out here, and that's just the number for me. If I shoot 69 or 70 I feel like I shot a couple over."

Fellow Americans Patrick Cantlay – the 2017 winner – Austin Cook, Harold Varner III, Scott Harrington and Nate Lashley are a shot off the pace heading into Friday's second round.

There are six players tied for seventh at seven under through 17 holes, while defending champion Kevin Na is four shots off the pace alongside the likes of Sergio Garcia.

Rickie Fowler ended the day tied for 32nd and five strokes behind DeChambeau.

Sergio Garcia ended his wait for a PGA Tour title after birdieing the final hole to win the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Garcia carded a five-under-par 67 to claim the tournament by one stroke for his first trophy since celebrating Masters glory in 2017.

The Spanish star entered Sunday's final round in a three-way tie for the lead in Jackson, Mississippi, where Cameron Davis and J.T. Poston also topped the standings.

But Garcia stood alone atop the leaderboard, reigning supreme after making a tap-in birdie on the 72nd hole at the Country Club of Jackson.

Garcia finished 19 under overall, just ahead of Peter Malnati, who closed with a stunning nine-under-par 63.

"The perfect ending for an amazing week," Garcia, who improved his PGA Tour tally to 11 trophies, told reporters. "I obviously knew that Pedrito -- he finished at 18, so I knew that I needed to birdie one of the last two or three to get ahead. I actually thought I birdied 17. I hit a great putt. I thought I made it. Unfortunately I didn't.

"But then I stood up on 18 and I did what I've been doing all week. I trusted myself. I aimed down the right side of the fairway and just hit a hard draw, really, really nice drive, actually went quite long because it was playing a little bit into the wind, and it gave me the ability to have an eight-iron into the green instead of having a six or something like that.

"Funny enough, my last win, Augusta -- well, my last win on the PGA TOUR at Augusta, the eight-iron on 15, this time it was the eight-iron on 18, and to almost hit the pin again and to hit it that close, obviously it was a dream come true."

Poston's final-round 70 saw him finish outright third and three shots off the pace, while Henrik Norlander (65) and Keegan Bradley (69) were a stroke further back.

Sergio Garcia made his move at the Sanderson Farms Championship to be in a three-way tie for the lead after the third round.

The Spaniard, who is without a PGA Tour win since claiming the Masters in 2017, fired a six-under 66 on Saturday.

Garcia climbed into 14 under to sit alongside Cameron Davis (63) and J.T. Poston (69) at the Country Club of Jackson in Mississippi.

A 10-time winner on the PGA Tour, Garcia was flawless in the third round, making six birdies to be in position for a victory.

Garcia has been putting with his eyes closed and the 40-year-old explained the technique was helping him.

"It is what I'm doing, but I don't know why it's such a big deal. I don't see anywhere in the book of rules of golf where it says that you can't do it," he said.

"At the end of the day we're all trying to find ways to be better, to be more consistent, and that's what works for me.

"I've done it for quite a while now in practice and obviously in most of my tournaments. It's just a personal thing that I feel like it helps me, and that's why I do it."

Davis produced comfortably the best round of the day, the Australian building on a flying start that saw him birdie the opening five holes.

Poston, meanwhile, continued his consistent showing, following up rounds of 66 and 67 with a 69.

Overnight leader Keegan Bradley struggled to a one-over 73 to slip back to 12 under and a tie for sixth, alongside Aaron Wise (67) and Denny McCarthy (69).

That trio is a stroke behind Brandt Snedeker (67) and Kristoffer Ventura (68).

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