Danny Willett (right) has started strong at the CJ Cup in South Korea, carding a first-round 69

  • Danny Willett carded 69 to sit one behind leader Chez Reavie at the CJ Cup
  • Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter is just one shot further behind in £7.2m event
  • Defending champion Justin Thomas struggled to an opening 73 on day one
  • Only 18 players in 78-strong field broke par in cold, windy conditions in Korea

Former Masters champion Danny Willett is just a shot off the lead after the opening round of the CJ Cup in Korea.

Willett carded five birdies and two bogeys in an opening 69 at Nine Bridges on Jeju Island, with American Chez Reavie setting the pace on four under thanks to five birdies and a solitary bogey in his 68.

Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter was a shot behind Willett on two under, with Le Golf National team-mate Paul Casey and former US Open champion Graeme McDowell on one under in the £7.2million event.

Danny Willett (right) has started strong at the CJ Cup in South Korea, carding a first-round 69
Danny Willett (right) has started strong at the CJ Cup in South Korea, carding a first-round 69

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