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Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama got off to a flying start Thursday when he shot a 6-under-par 65 for a share of second place after the opening round of the darkness-shortened Phoenix Open.

While seven-time PGA Tour winner Matt Kuchar of the United States took sole lead at the par-71 Tournament Players Club with the day’s best score of 64, Matsuyama sank an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-4 10th to start off his bogey-free round, which featured six birdies.

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