January 14 2011
Steve Flesch made the first birdie of the rain-delayed Sony Open in Hawaii on Friday. He was in the first group off the 10th hole, which is a 351-yard par 4, when the first round began – a day late – as 12:10 p.m. ET.
Flesch hit his drive 275 yards into the fairway, chipped to 18 feet and made the putt. His playing partners, Joe Durant and Shane Bertsch, made pars.
The first birdie among the rookies came from Jim Renner, who was a late add to the Sony Open field when Ricky Barnes withdrew with a back injury. Renner made a 3 at the 10th hole when he tapped in from 5 inches after a pin-point chip from 51 yards.