What they said after day one of THE CJ CUP: Streb soars; Morikawa lurks

Robert Streb was the star of the show on day one in Las Vegas after a brilliant 61 while Collin Morikawa used his local knowledge to shoot a 67.

Robert Streb fired both a tournament record and a career-low round on day one of THE CJ CUP in Las Vegas.

And yet his stunning lap of 61 was only good enough for a one-shot lead after Keith Mitchell followed him in with a 62.

Here's what the front two and other top names said after Thursday's action.

Robert Streb (11-under 61)

"Obviously hit a few close and the putts were going in. I've never had a start like that, so it was kind of fun.

"The first several holes are pretty gettable. You've got a few tougher tee balls and stuff there on the back nine and some longer holes, so yeah, it always helps to get off to a hot start."

Keith Mitchell (10-under 62)

"I mean, I hate to say everything, but everything clicked. I felt a lot better about my swing. I was striking the ball better. Really spent a lot of time the last four or five days working on it.

"I felt a little rusty coming off from the offseason, I can attribute that to a lot more fishing and not as much golf. Got to thank Cisco for that one.

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"Honestly, I just started getting back in my rhythm. Then my putting coach was out here first couple days and just really locked me in and felt a lot better. Fortunately enough, it transferred to the golf course."

Sergio Garcia (7-under 65)

"It was a solid day at 5 under, but to be able to finish it off with an eagle, it makes it a little bit sweeter.

"Very happy about my round, very happy about a lot of the shots that I hit. A couple shots that obviously I could have done a little bit better, but played some of the tough holes well and that was good to see that."

Jordan Spieth (6-under 66)

"Kept it in front of me. Out here, you know, they're wider fairways and they're playing softer, which makes them play even wider, but you can't miss them or else you end up in the desert.

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"It was nice, as the wind picked up, I holed a flop shot on 11 when I was out of position. Other than that, I really felt like I had great control of the ball today. Some really rusty, sloppy wedges early in the round, but other than that, coming out today, I would have signed for 68, so I'm very pleased with the start."

Hideki Matsuyama (6-under 66)

"To be honest, wasn't really happy with my golf today, but I think I was able to manage the course really well, so I think that's what I did good.

"I had a no-bogey round. That's something special."

Cameron Smith (6-under 66)

"I really didn't know what to expect, to be honest. I've been playing a bunch of golf with my old man at home in Jacksonville. Haven't really practiced a whole bunch, just been kind of having to hit with him.

"It was good to come out and see some putts fall and hit some good shots."

Aaron Wise (6-under 66)

"This course kind of tests the middle irons of your game. Going to need to hit maybe just a hair better moving forward, but as far as the rest of my game, I feel really solid off the tee, I feel like I'm chipping the ball great and making some putts.

"Just kind of getting those irons dialed in a little bit more and we'll be off to the races."

Collin Morikawa (a member of the course: 5-under 67)

"It was a weird feeling teeing off on 1 on a course that I played a lot. Summit's obviously a wonderful course and I think a lot of the viewers on TV are going to see how beautiful it is.

"But yeah, I had to focus up. It wasn't a great round, but it was a solid round. Obviously there's going to be a lot of low scores out here, there's going to be a lot of birdies. And I didn't make too many mistakes.

"Obviously I had a three-putt, but kept in there and was able to make a couple birdies on the last couple holes."

Rory McIlroy (4-under 68)

"I think confidence just with how I hit it all day. I missed a couple of drives, but I hit my irons really well, I putted well, so I did a really good job of just trusting my reads and having acceptance whether the ball went in or not.

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"It added up to a good putting round and nearly a really good round overall just apart from the blemish on 17, but still a good day."

Adam Scott (4-under 68)

"I thought I played pretty good, but I missed a lot of putts until the last three holes. Somehow it all kind of evens out and I feel like I got what I deserved today, but perfect conditions, you want to shoot a score in the 60s out there, for sure."

Maverick McNealy (a member of the course: 3-under 69)

"It was fun being the first group off. We had 18 absolutely perfect greens that felt like we were putting on pool tables out there.

"I personally didn't hit it that well today, I felt like I was a little squirrelly off the tee. Didn't hit very many fairways, but the putting was working. I took advantage of those good greens. It was really a two golf swing day, two balls in the water that slowed me down in the middle, but otherwise felt pretty solid."

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