Shriners Hospitals for Children Open: Nick Taylor leads as Brooks Koepka makes slow start

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Nick Taylor grabbed a one-stroke lead at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open as Brooks Koepka made a slow start to his season on Thursday.

Canada's Taylor fired an 8-under 63 in the opening round in Las Vegas to edge into the lead ahead of Brian Harman (64).

Eyes were on world No. 1 Koepka, who is making his first appearance of the 2019-20 PGA Tour season.

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The American four-time major champion underwent a procedure on his left knee after the FedEx Cup playoffs and he was below his best in the first round in Nevada.

Koepka endured a rollercoaster round with four bogeys and four birdies through his first 15 holes, before picking up a shot at the last to shoot a 1-under 70 and be tied for 85th.

Brooks' younger brother, Chase, fared far better, managing a 5-under 66 to be tied for eighth.

Phil Mickelson is among a group of five players who are tied for third at 6 under.

The American veteran carded a 65 to sit alongside Brian Gay, Sam Ryder, Brian Stuard and Maverick McNealy.

On what is a congested leaderboard, there are 12 players tied for eighth, including defending champion Bryson DeChambeau and Adam Scott.

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