Durant, gunning for his fifth PGA tour win, birdied the par-five first hole as well as the fourth, then parred his next six.
But he heated up after the turn, notching back-to-back birdies from the 16th to end in sole possession of the lead.
"I would much rather have a good start than go in the opposite direction, that is for sure," said Durant. "I just felt comfortable out there today. Obviously, we have a long way to go but having a good first round can set a nice tone for you the rest of the week."
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