The PGA Tour is officially back in action, as 32 players started their year with the opening round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Here is how things look after the first round, where Patrick Reed holds a slim advantage:
What it means: Scores were predictably low on the par-73 layout, as only seven players in the winners-only field failed to break par. The top of the standings featured a logjam before the final pairing broke through, as Spieth closed with a birdie while the defending champ closed with an eagle to end the day with a one-shot lead.
Round of the day: Reed closed with a flourish last year before winning this event in a playoff, and he ended with a similar charge Thursday. Reed was only 2 under through 12 holes before closing with three straight birdies on Nos. 13-15, a kick-in birdie on No. 17 and an eagle on the home hole.
Best of the rest: Spieth took exactly one hole before returning to his 2015 form, rolling in a 30-foot birdie on No. 2. It was one of seven birdies on the day for Spieth, including back-to-back circles on Nos. 14 and 15. After a runner-up finish here in his debut in 2014, Spieth is once again cruising at Kapalua.
Biggest disappointment: Zach Johnson won this event two years ago, but he is off to a rough start after a 2-over 75 in his first competitive round with new equipment. Johnson was 3 under through 10 holes before his round fell apart, as he played his next four holes in 5 over par.
Main storyline heading into Friday: The early spotlight was on Spieth and Reed, former Ryder Cup partners and two-time playoff foes, who played in the day's anchor pairing and did not disappoint. Now they have a chance to play together again in the second round, where plenty more birdies should be made as two of the top young American players look to one-up each other.
Shot of the day: Reed closed with a flourish, hitting his approach to No. 17 to within 2 feet before belting a 309-yard approach on No. 18 to within 20 feet to set up a closing eagle and take sole possession of the lead.
Quote of the day: "It just seems like maybe we just want to beat each other so bad it actually brings the best out in us." - Spieth on playing with Reed