Joaquin Niemann is part of a three-way tie for the lead after the opening round of the Sony Open in Hawaii.

The Chilean carded an eight-under 62 at the Waialae Country Club on Thursday to lead alongside Peter Malnati and Jason Kokrak.

Coming off a play-off loss to Harris English at the Tournament of Champions, Niemann's fine start to 2021 continued.

The 22-year-old made seven birdies, a bogey and an eagle, the latter coming with a chip in at the 18th.

Kokrak produced a bogey-free opening round, while Malnati mixed nine birdies with one bogey.

At the 17th, Kokrak almost produced a hole-in-one, only to see his shot lip out as he was forced to settle for a birdie.

Vaughn Taylor, Jim Herman, Aaron Baddeley, Patton Kizzire, Daniel Berger and Kim Si-woo are two shots adrift of the leaders.

The champion in 2018, Kizzire made a 45-foot eagle putt from off the green at the ninth, while Baddeley – runner-up in 2003 – is also in contention.

A group of 13 players are at five under, including last year's runner-up Brendan Steele, 2014 runner-up Chris Kirk and 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson.

Defending champion Cameron Smith opened with a three-under 67 to be in a tie for 40th.

Peter Malnati continued his good form, shooting an eight-under 63 to lead the Bermuda Championship by a stroke after the opening round.

The American mixed nine birdies – including five straight from the ninth hole – with one bogey at Port Royal Golf Course on Thursday.

Malnati's five straight birdies tied his career-best for most consecutive birdies in a PGA Tour round, while it marked the third straight tournament at which the 33-year-old has posted a score of 63 or better.

Having last won on the PGA Tour in 2015, Malnati entered the tournament on the back of a runner-up finish at the Sanderson Farms Championship and top-five result at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Malnati is a stroke ahead of Doug Ghim and Ryan Armour, who both produced bogey-free opening rounds.

Doc Redman, Vaughn Taylor and Chase Seiffert are a shot further back.

Hunter Mahan, the former world number four who has slipped to 1,227th in the rankings and missed the cut in 20 of his past 29 events, is among a group of eight players at five under.

Defending champion Brendon Todd could only manage an even-par 71 in the first round to be back in a tie for 80th.

Meanwhile, Fred Funk, 64, carded a two-under 69 playing in the same group as his son, Taylor, who managed a 73.

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.

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