5 Things To Know After Round 2: Sony Open

Here are five things to know after the second round of the 2018 Sony Open at Waialae Country Club.

1. HOT HARMAN LEADS

Brian Harman opened with rounds of 64-63 at the Sony Open in Hawaii, good enough for a three-shot lead over five players.

Harman’s 13-under 127 is a career best, and the lowest first 36 holes on Tour this season, besting the previous best of 128 by Austin Cook at the RSM Classic, which he would go on to win.

Last year, winner Justin Thomas opened with 123 on his way to breaking the PGA Tour scoring record, finishing at 253.


2. KIRK AND JOHNSON ARE THREE BACK

Veterans Zach Johnson and Chris Kirk, the round-one co-leaders, are just three back of the lead after posting matching 3-under 67s.

Johnson is seeking his 13th PGA Tour win, and first since winning the 2015 Open Championship at St. Andrews.

This week marks Kirk’s sixth start of the season, with a T4 at The RSM Classic his best outing.


3. SPIETH’S LONGEST PUTT

Jordan Spieth shot a second round 68 (T48). During the round, he holed a birdie putt of 90 feet, 8 inches on the par-4 fifth, the longest of his career, besting his previous-best of 52 feet, 1 inch at the 2016 Valspar
Championship.


4. WOODLAND’S WILD COMEBACK

Gary Woodland opened with a 4-over 39 on the front, but shot an 11-under 28 on the back to finish at 7 under. It was the lowest nine holes recorded on the PGA Tour in the 2017-18 season.

Last season, a nine-hole score of 28 was recorded twice, including by Chez Reavie in the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii, also on the back nine.


5. HOWELL HEARTS HAWAII II

Charles Howell III followed up an opening round 68 with a second-round 3-under 67 (T20). It was Howell’s 16th consecutive round in the 60s at the Sony Open in Hawaii, and 24th out of the last 25.


Credits: PGA Tour Media, Getty Images


Jeff Smith

Jeff is a Producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is producing a digital documentary on the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.

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