Harman seizes second-round lead in Hawaii

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- Agence France-Presse, Los Angeles

Jan 14, 2018-

Brian Harman capped a seven-under par 63 with an eagle at his final hole on Friday to seize a three-shot lead in the second round of the US PGA Tour’s Sony Open in Hawaii. 

Harman teed off early and opened with back-to-back birdies at the 10th and 11th. His six birdies on the day included three in a row at the second, third and fourth and he rolled in a 17-footer at the par-five ninth for an eagle that gave him a 13-under total of 127. Overnight co-leaders Chris Kirk and Zach Johnson were in a group sharing second place on 10-under par 130. 

Kirk gave chase in the afternoon, opening his round with an eagle at the 10th hole and closing within one stroke before settling for a three-under 67 that concluded with a bogey at the par-five ninth. By then, two-time major winner Johnson was in the clubhouse after a 67 that included three birdies and an eagle at the ninth. John Peterson, Tom Hoge and Talor Gooch were also 10-under. 

Peterson opened with four straight birdies then picked up two more at seven and nine to make the turn at six-under then had two birdies and two bogeys coming in to sign for a 64. Hoge closed with four straight birdies in a 65 and PGA Tour rookie Gooch had six birdies in four-under 66. 

Harman, who won his second career title at the Wells Fargo Championship last season, is trying to build on a third-place finish at last week’s Tournament of Champions, where he led at the halfway stage but was overtaken by world No 1 Dustin Johnson. He’s also aiming to put himself in line for berth on the US team for the Ryder Cup in France, after missing out on a Presidents Cup spot last year.

Published: 14-01-2018 09:53

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