‘A nice start’: Els leads after opening-round 64 at Hualalai; Singh trails by 1

  • Ernie Els chips onto the 17th green during Thursday’s opening round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. After the first day of action, Els leads the field with an 8-under round of 64. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Vijay Singh putts on the 17th green during the first round of play at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. Singh’s 7-under first round put him one behind leader Ernie Els. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Above: Bernhard Langer ended the first round of play at -6 on Thursday. Langer is among a group of five golfers tied for third place heading into Friday at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.

    On the front, top: Vijay Singh putts on the 17th green during the first round of play at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. Singh’s 7-under first round put him one behind leader Ernie Els. (

    Bottom: Ernie Els chips onto the 17th green during Thursday’s opening round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. After the first day of action, Els leads the field with an 8-under round of 64. (photos by Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Brett Quigley. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • K.J. Choi. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today

  • Vijay Singh. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Ernie Els. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

Back-to-back birdies gave Ernie Els an early advantage at Hualalai Golf Course, and another on the 18th hole gave him sole possession of the lead at The Mitsubishi Electric Championship on Thursday.