Stuard leads Sony Open by one stroke


HONOLULU: Brian Stuard grabbed a one shot after firing his second consecutive five-under 65 in the second round of the PGA Tour’s Sony Open on Friday.

Stuard, who leads a Tour event for the first time in his career, finished 36 holes at 10-under-par 130.

“I played pretty well,” Stuard said. “Didn’t start off very good, but I played pretty good on my last nine, the front nine.

“I enjoy the layout. It’s nice to have to hit some shots off the tee, and I enjoy doing that.”

Marc Leishman, of Australia, fired a six-under 64 and moved into a share of second place at nine-under at the Waialae golf course. He was joined there by Japan’s Hideto Tanihara, who posted a 65 in round two.

Harris English, a two-time winner last year, carded his second 66 for the second straight day and is in sole possession of fourth at eight-under-par 132.

Masters champion Adam Scott posted a four-under 66 and moved into a tie for fifth at seven-under. Australia’s Scott was joined in fifth place by Chris Stroud (65), Chris Kirk (69), Jimmy Walker (67), South Korea’s Sang-Moon Bae (70) and Jason Kokrak (67).

Stuard began his round with five straight pars from the 10th. He rolled in a 14-foot birdie putt on No. 15 but gave that shot back with a bogey at 17.

“I think it’s something to do with the greens,” said Stuard.

“I feel comfortable on the greens. I feel like I read them pretty well and feel like I’m able to make some putts.”

Stuard headed to the ninth hole, his last, at eight under.

His second shot to the par-five stopped within three feet of the hole and he drained his short eagle putt to seize the second-round lead.

Stuard has seven consecutive rounds in the 60s at Waialae.



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