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World number 1 Dustin Johnson posted opening round 72 on the PGA Tour's first appearance since testing positive for coronavirus last month. Brooks Koepka is also seven back when Brandt Snedeker takes an early lead in Houston.

Last update: 06/11/20 00:08

Dustin Johnson fought for an opening round 72 at the Houston Open

Brandt Snedeker opened a two-shot lead after the opening round of the Vivint Houston Open as world number 1 Dustin Johnson battled to return.

The nine-time PGA Tour winner mixed six birdies with a single bogey to place a five-under-65-year-old on a difficult golf course in Memorial Park and set the target in the clubhouse. Former main champion Jason Day sat in second place in a group of six players.

Snedeker carded birdies for the second time in a row, shooting at close range on the eighth and 13th, before recovering a missing four-footer on the 14th to save par by making successive wins over his next two holes at the top the ranking.

"Obviously very excited about how I played today," said Snedeker. "You have to be on the fairway around this golf course or it will be a long day for you. Did a great job doing some putts and bird watching every par five out there."

Brandt Snedeker has not had a PGA Tour win since the 2018 Wyndham Championship

Brandt Snedeker has not had a PGA Tour win since the 2018 Wyndham Championship

Day banged five of his last seven holes to sign for a three-under-67, with Cameron Davis, Michael Thompson, Scottie Scheffler, Harold Varner III and Carlos Ortiz also sitting two out of pace.

Adam Scott made his first appearance since the US Open with an opening round of 68 while reigning Champion of the Year Shane Lowry is back in Group four, which includes Graeme McDowell and Scot Russell Knox.

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Johnson, who made his first start on the PGA Tour since testing positive for coronavirus last month, took a 15-foot birdie in his opening hole but pulled him back seven after four bogeys on a five-hole course had started the week with a two-hole. over 72.

Dustin Johnson could lose his # 1 world ranking to Jon Rahm this week

Dustin Johnson could lose his # 1 world ranking to Jon Rahm this week

Four-time major champ Brooks Koepka ranks 63rd alongside Johnson, while Jordan Spieth led briefly before two bogeys and two double bogeys dropped him to a threesome over 73 within five holes.

The game was paused at 5.45pm (11.45pm GMT) due to darkness. Nine players were scheduled to return on Friday morning to complete their opening rounds.

Watch the Vivint Houston Open live on Sky Sports all week. The live reporting will continue on Friday with featured groups via the red button from 12.50 p.m. Full coverage of Sky Sports Golf starts at 6 p.m.

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