Hero World Challenge: Patrick Cantlay & Patrick Reed three ahead, Tiger Woods eight back

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Patrick Reed has won six times in the upcoming PGA TourHero World Challenge-7 P Cantlay (USA), P Reed (USA); -4 H Stenson (Swe), D Johnson (US); -3 A Norwegians (Swe), B Watson (USA); -2 J Rose, J Thomas (US), B DeChambeau (USA); -1 K Bradley (USA), J Rahm (Spa), J Day (Aus) Level T Finau (United States), G Woodland (USA), R Fowler (USA); +1 T Woods (US), X Schauffele (US); +2 H Matsuyama (Jpn)

Patrick Cantlay and Patrick Reed lead the Hero World Challenge with three shots after seven-under-fifty-five, when tournament host Tiger Woods opened with a 73.

Cantlay birdied five of the last six holes in the Bahamas, while colleague American Reed recorded eight birdies.

Englishman Justin Rose, who needs a top-three finish to return to world number one, is five back after a mixed 70.

Woods can get a seat again this week top 10 with four birdies, but also a triple bogey.

The American, who last year was 1,199 on the world rankings at this event, won his first tournament for five years in September with a two-time victory over the Tour Championship.

Plays in his first event since he failed to win a point in the Ryder Cup, he was right on the par-three 12th when his chip from the rough on the left rolled the slope along his feet and crept into the water, resulting in a six.

With the best-ranked Brooks Kupka who did not play this week, world number two Rose played a majestic wood to two feet to breathe the 11th and reach three below but also had problems on the 12th, where he made double bogey.

Masters champion Reed joined Cantlay at the top of the standings after he had thrown up to three feet to fly on the 16th and added a new one with a curling workout of 12 feet on the

The 18-man field on the Albany track features 14 of the world's top 20, with five former world numbers and nine major champions.

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