One landmark after another, Robert Streb sounds the bugle

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Robert Streb has posted a 63 five times in his PGA Tour career, but never a 61, which is a tournament record for the CJ CUP. Photo: Bostonglobe.com
Robert Streb has posted a 63 five times in his PGA Tour career, but never a 61, which is a tournament record for the CJ CUP. Photo: Bostonglobe.com

Robert Streb opened with a tournament-record 61 at the CJ CUP, his career-low round on the PGA Tour. Streb holds the 18-hole lead/co-lead for the second time on Tour.

Streb has posted a 63 five times, most recently in The RSM Classic (2020/R2). He opened birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie to join Brandt Snedeker (2007 Farmers Insurance Open) as the only players to start a Tour event 7-under through six holes (during the ShotLink era); posts 7-under 29 on front nine.

 

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The previous-best opening round at The CJ CUP: 63 (Justin Thomas/2017). He equalled the low round of the season (Will Zalatoris/Sanderson Farms Championship/R2; Sung Kang/Shriners Children’s Open/R1).

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Streb is making his third start of the season (MC/Sanderson Farms Championship, T27/Shriners Children’s Open).

 

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He finished T40 in his only other start in THE CJ CUP (2017) and owns two wins in 239 starts (2014, 2020 The RSM Classic).

Keith Mitchell (2nd/-10) equalled a career-low round with a 62 (2021 Sony Open in Hawaii/R2).

 

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He tied the most birdies in a round (10) during his career (2021 THE NORTHERN TRUST/R2).

He is in search of second Tour victory in his 108th start (2019 The Honda Classic).

He missed the cut in both starts this season (Sanderson Farms Championship, Shriners Children’s Open) and is making third start in THE CJ CUP (T14/2018, T46/2019).

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K.H. Lee (67) has the best score among 12 Koreans in the field.

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Sungjae Im, winner of last week’s Shriners Children’s Open, carded an opening-round 68 while defending champion Jason Kokrak posted a 5-over 77.

 

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Two-time winner of the event Justin Thomas (T39) posted 3-under 69; played final three holes of the front nine in 4-over (par-bogey-triple bogey) and final three holes on the back nine in 3-under (three birdies).

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