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Abraham Ancer, Dean Burmester tied for lead at LIV Golf Hong Kong; Phil shoots 80

LIV Golf is at Hong Kong Golf Club in Hong Kong for its fourth event of the 2024 season, a unique course measuring only 6,700 yards.

Some players, like Abraham Ancer and Dean Burmester, took advantage Friday during the opening round. Others, like Anthony Kim and Phil Mickelson, did not.

Ancer and Burmester are tied for the lead after 7-under 63s on Friday. Burmester carded six birdies, an eagle and a bogey while Ancer fired a bogey-free round.

“I think it’s definitely a golf course that everybody likes,” said Ancer. “Like Dean was saying, even the long hitters enjoy it, as well, because if they’re going to hit some irons, they prefer hitting irons over 3-woods whenever it’s a really tight fairway. I think it just brings everybody in. It’s a great golf course to showcase where everybody is at.”

Meanwhile, in his fourth round of professional golf since his return, Anthony Kim shot 6-over 76, but he isn’t in last place on the leaderboard. He’s beating Lefty, who shot 10-over 80 in the first round. Mickelson had no birdies, three doubles and four bogeys.

Kim once again had a slow start, as he was 4 over after four holes.

There are six players tied for third at 6 under, including Louis Oosthuizen and Martin Kaymer. Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau are sitting at 5 under. Jon Rahm and Joaquin Niemann are T-18 at 3 under after the opening round.

Story originally appeared on GolfWeek