Jordan Spieth six off the lead after late quadruple-bogey — Sony Open

  • Jordan Spieth six off the lead after late quadruple-bogey — Sony Open

Jordan Spieth six off the lead after late quadruple-bogey — Sony Open

BRIAN HARMAN OPENED up a three-stroke lead at the Sony Open in Hawaii after carding a seven-under 63 in the second round, with Seamus Power now in a tie for 37th.

Jordan Spieth wasn't as fortunate.

Spieth was well placed on four under after mixing seven birdies with three bogeys over 16 holes at Waialae Country Club, but he encountered severe tree trouble at the par-four eighth as he ended the day six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Chris Kirk.

But it was a tough day for former world No 1 Luke Donald as he carded three bogeys and a double-bogey at the 10th before a birdie at the last salvaged a two-over 72 which left him in a tie for 116th place and needing to go low on day two to avoid missing the cut.

Defending champion Justin Thomas, who a year ago opened with a 59 before going on to set the PGA Tour's all-time scoring record in a 72-hole event of 253, could not conjure up that same magic, instead carding a three-under 67, four strokes behind the leaders.

GAUTENG, South Africa - Branden Grace and Chase Koepka shot 7-under 65s to share the first-round lead at the SA Open on Thursday. "I really had no expectations whether I was going to play good or bad after having some time off". Harman, playing in the afternoon, had eight birdies that included three in a row at the fifth, sixth and seventh. He missed that, though the two-time major champion wasn't too discouraged.

He rallied somewhat with a birdie at his final hole for a one-under par 69.

"Just kept the course in front of me and played solid golf", Johnson said, winless since the 2015 British Open at St. Andrews. "But I'm very encouraged with the direction".

His drive on No. 8 was not terribly offline, and the trees to the left are a common spot.

He could have dropped it with a penalty stroke, but there was nowhere to go.

It hit one of the smaller branches and came back toward him, about a yard short of go back down into the ditch. "Hit a few loose shots in the front but really kind've tightened it up as the round progressed".

Johnson got off to a hot start in his pursuit of Kirk, with birdies at the first three holes. His only choice there was to dump it into the bunker, where the sand was thin.

In Hawaii, of all places.