HONOLULU — Unique islands, vastly diverse golfing courses, very same great enjoy from Brian Harman.
Just one 7 days right after Harman shared the 36-hole lead at Kapalua, he ran off a few straight birdies and shut with a 15-foot eagle putt for a 7-under 63 and a a few-shot lead likely into the weekend at the Sony Open.
Harman was at 13-under 127, and no just one could capture him on Friday afternoon.
Chris Kirk, who shared the 18-hole lead with Harman, opened by pitching in from 25 yards for eagle on No. 10. He ended his day by driving into the canal on the uncomplicated par-5 ninth and creating bogey for a 67.
Apart from for the tropical warmth, the two golfing courses on the Hawaii swing are nothing alike.
The Plantation Study course at Kapalua was designed on the facet of the mountain on the west suggestion of Maui and attributes fairways that can extend nearly 90 yards large and huge slopes in the greens.
Waialae is at sea degree — waistline-higher hedges together the 16th and 17th holes and at the rear of the 11th environmentally friendly are all that different grass from the beach — with lesser, flatter greens and fairways framed by trees.
“The most important elevation change here is from the stroll down from the hotel,” Harman stated. “I’ve always kind of felt like as very long as there is fairways and greens and holes to putt it, then I’m likely to be fine.”
The Georgia indigenous is enjoying just as nicely on Oahu as he did on Maui.
He surged forward Friday early morning with two fast birdies on the again 9, manufactured the turn in 32 and ran off a few straight birdies early on the entrance 9. Just after creating his only bogey from a bunker on the par-3 seventh, Harman strike 7-iron from 172 yards to 15 toes on No. 9 for a closing eagle.
It is really all just golfing to him.
“I’m creating putts, but I’m also placing myself in position to make individuals putts,” he stated. “I’m finding a bunch of seems. I’m not creating everything I’m searching at, but I’m hitting a whole lot of great putts and manufactured a handful of. I’m just likely to demonstrate up tomorrow and test to strike the very first tee shot ideal you can and go from there.”
On another glorious day of sunshine and great scoring situations, Johnson experienced a 9-hole extend of eight pars and a bogey right until a powerful complete. He birdied the par-3 seventh and shut with an eagle to salvage a 67.
Defending winner Justin Thomas was nearer to the lower line than the lead, right until he manufactured a trio of 8-foot putts — two for birdies, just one for eagle — to close out a 67. He was seven shots at the rear of.
Jordan Spieth manufactured the longest putt of his PGA Tour job — just over 90 toes on No. 5 — but didn’t give himself a lot of great seems. Spieth birdied the last hole for a 68 and was 10 shots at the rear of.
“I didn’t imagine I experienced plenty of club,” Spieth stated of his very long putt. “I regarded hitting a lob wedge simply because I experienced some thing like 30 yards to the hole into the breeze.”
The putt seemed great all the way, while it experienced some speed. There was some discussion amid his two enjoying companions, Xander Schauffele and Daniel Berger, together with caddie Michael Greller on what would have happened experienced the ball not slammed into the again of the cup.
“Xander stated it was 4 or 5 toes by. Michael stated 6,” Spieth stated. “Berger stated off the environmentally friendly.”
Schauffele birdied his last four holes and was amid individuals at 8-under 132, 5 shots at the rear of.
The lower was at 2-under 138.
Harman however seems again to a vital event last 12 months. He performed the Zurich Traditional, a two-guy team occasion, with Johnson Wagner and employed Wagner’s Titleist golfing ball for the duration of the alternate-shot portion. Harman set just one in his bag the pursuing 7 days at the Wells Fargo Championship and received.
The change was not so a great deal about length as the way he was capable to command the trajectory of the ball, particularly in the wind.
“The wind doesn’t appear to consider it as a great deal,” he stated. “Which is just a own detail for me. I sense like I did when I was a kid once again. I felt like I was a better ball striker when I was a kid.
“I’m starting up to get some of individuals feelings again.”
Harman performed in the remaining team last 7 days and tied for 3rd, while no just one was about to capture Dustin Johnson.
Peterson is enjoying on a medical extension simply because of hand surgical treatment, and he has eight tournaments to make $375,165 (or earn 274 FedEx Cup factors) to keep a complete card for the relaxation of the 12 months. He doesn’t audio overly apprehensive, which is not to propose he is overconfident.
Peterson has a 3-month-old son, just one explanation he decided to consider the complete fall off just before resuming his bid to keep his card.
“If my angle is great, I’m likely to enjoy great,” he stated. “I’ve in no way been in a better place way of life-intelligent than I am right now, so that most likely has a whole lot to do with it. I’ve acquired eight events to make $350,000. If I do, excellent. If I never, who cares? I’m just out here no cost-wheeling.”