Andrew Putnam didn’t get a practice round in for the Sony Open because of a bee sting, and he apparently didn’t need one.

Putnam made birdie on half of his holes at Waialae on Thursday and took only 23 putts for an 8-under 62. It was the lowest score of his PGA Tour career and gave him a four-shot lead among the early starters.

Brandt Snedeker and Jason Dufner were among those at 66.

Putnam was stung on his foot while poolside Tuesday and had to pull out of the pro-am because it was painful to walk.

Jordan Spieth was expecting more in his 2019 debut. He waited until the 16th hole for his first birdie of the year, and that was all he made in his round of 73.

Andrew Putnam hits from the 10th fairway during the first round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Andrew Putnam hits from the 10th fairway during the first round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Jordan Spieth hits from the 14th tee during the first round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Jordan Spieth hits from the 14th tee during the first round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Jimmy Walker searches for his golf ball in a palm tree with a rules official's binoculars on the 10th fairway during the first round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Jimmy Walker searches for his golf ball in a palm tree with a rules official’s binoculars on the 10th fairway during the first round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Bubba Watson hits out of the bunker on the 16th green during the first round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Bubba Watson hits out of the bunker on the 16th green during the first round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Zach Johnson plays his shot from the 11th tee during the first round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Zach Johnson plays his shot from the 11th tee during the first round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Source: The Associated Press

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