KAPALUA, Hawaii — Robert Garrigus, the biggest hitter on the PGA Tour, is leading the Tournament of Champions thanks to one of the shortest clubs in his bag.
Garrigus holed out a wedge for eagle on the 16th hole, then followed that with two big drives and to set up easy birdies for a 10-under 63 and a one-shot lead. Garrigus, who qualified for the winners-only event in the final tournament of the PGA Tour season, was at 14-under 132 and will be in the final group with Carl Pettersson, who birdied the last hole for a 67.
Jonathan Byrd shot 68 and was another shot behind. There are plenty of players in the hunt, with Ernie Els (64), Steve Stricker (67), Francesco Molinari (67), and Jim Furyk (68) within four shots.