Keegan Bradley, Xander Schauffele and Poom Saksansin of Thailand were tied for second at 7 under.
"It's going to be a little bit different this year, just in terms of everything that's happened and kind of the lack of preparation I'll probably get as opposed to years prior", Thomas said last week. It's the first time that the Australian has ever held either a share or the outright lead in a tour event after the opening 18 holes. He successfully defended it past year, and has had a transformative 2017 in which he's won five titles and his first major, the U.S. Open.
Once known as "Jordan Spieth's friend", the Louisville, Kentucky-born golfer returns to Southeast Asia as the PGA Tour's player of the year and in the wake of an impressive debut for the United States in their dominant Presidents Cup win.
Schauffele, the USA tour rookie of the year, said he was taking plenty of notice of how Thomas approaches this course and is trying to keep it simple.
Thomas, who is attempting to become the first player to win the same event in three straight yeas since Steve Stricker at the John Deere Classic (2009-'11), made five birdies offset by three bogeys, including two on his back nine, to sit in a tie for 23rd in the 78-player field.
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"I have to keep the game-plan pretty much the same really: just be smart off the tee, try to hit the fairways and then really aggressive into the greens".
Smith shot an error-free 64 with five birdies on front nine and three on back nine.
He's chasing his second title of the year after winning the Zurich Classic in April.
Matsuyama finished runner-up at the event in Malaysia a year ago, losing out to American Justin Thomas by three strokes, and he is fancied to challenge for victory once again.
The American trio of Kevin Na, Gary Woodland, and Pat Perez were also in contention in the Asian Tour event after carding 66s.
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