Koepka hot on Piercy's heels at CJ Cup

Ryder Cup duo well placed heading into the weekend of CJ Cup

Defending champ Justin Thomas and recently named PGA TOUR Player of the Year Brooks Koepka will be paired for the first two rounds this week.

Ian Poulter, who helped drive Europe to Ryder Cup success, is in fourth place after his 69.

Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker shot 72.

'I set goals on a calendar year so I think I'll go out January 1, go to the beach and write down a few goals, ' said Koepka, who is playing at the CJ Cup in Korea this week.

A win or solo second finish this week at The Club at Nine Bridges would move Koepka to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time in his career.

Leishman won the CIMB Classic in Malaysia last Sunday by five strokes, closing with a 7-under 65 to match Thomas' 2015 tournament record of 26-under 262.

The 36-year-old Reavie grabbed the sole lead in the first-round by one shot with a 68 during which he found every fairway and hit 15 of the 18 greens. "It'd be nice to get a win but it's also satisfying working as hard as you can and seeing the results, even just day to day", he said. "Luckily, I was able to do that". "You know, doing everything right and that's what you've got to do and hopefully this wind stays away". Kim dropped in six birdies while making a bogey and a double bogey on a cool and windy day and found himself one stroke behind the leader, Chez Reavie of the United States.

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Having committed to play on the PGA Tour by taking up membership this season, Willet said it was important to make a quick start to the season. "The more greens you can hit, the better and that was key to my game".

The world number 64, whose only tour win came a decade ago at the Canadian Open, carded his fifth birdie at the 16th hole to ease to the front of the field and deny former U.S. Masters champion Danny Willett a morale-boosting lead.

But Koepka, US PGA Tour Player of the Year, sits just one back after his own 65.

The reigning Tour Player of the Year birdied the 12 and 14 holes in his bid to keep pace with Piercy.

Marc Leishman will be looking to claim a second successive title on the US PGA Tour's Asia swing and hope to make up for an agonising near-miss when he tees it up at the CJ Cup in South Korea starting Thursday (today). Teryn Schaefer presents the best social media posts from around the world of golf in "Good, Bad & Unusual" and after each day's play brings you the biggest talking points in "The Takeaway".

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