The Genesis Invitational lived up to the hype on Thursday during Round 1 at Riviera Country Club, and the golf course — as expected — played a prominent role. Pars were good (how rarely that happens on the PGA Tour) and anything in the high 60s got you on the leaderboard. 

Sam Burns leads after 18 holes as he birdied his last three holes to shoot a 7-under 64, which was about seven strokes better than the field average. He’ll have plenty of heat behind him with several top-10 players in the world within a few strokes, but Burns has been playing tremendous golf for several months now. Let’s take a look at his round in-depth and everything else you need to know about the biggest names on this board after 18 holes.

1. Sam Burns (-7): Unsurprisingly, Burns led the field in approach shots, and he also gained about…

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