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RECAP: Charley Hoffman takes first round lead at Shell Houston Open

Charley Hoffman
Charley Hoffman ( Getty Images )

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Charley Hoffman fired an 8-under 64 to take the day one lead at the Shell Houston Open on Thursday.

Hoffman's round included nine birdies and one bogey, and is the lowest round he has had since the AT&T Byron Nelson in 2015 where he finished T-2. It is his lowest first round score since the Humana Challenge 2014, which resulted in a T-9.

Hoffman's lead is a small one, however, as Dustin Johnson, Roberto Castro, Morgan Hoffmann and Scott Brown all sit a stroke back at 7 under. Johnson is riding a string of strong play, with three consecutive top-15 finishes coming into the event but he is still looking for his first official event win on Tour since the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Championship. Johnson finished eagle-birdie to jump up the leaderboard after what like was going to be a mediocre round.

Jordan Spieth is tied with 11 players at 5 under after a round that featured just one bogey for the former No. 1 player in the world — a hiccup on 10.

Rickie Fowler was tied with the host of players at 5 under, but a double bogey at 18 knocked him to 3 under and into T-32.

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