Sony Open R2

Nick Taylor takes 2-shot lead in Hawaii

January 14-17
Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii
$6,600,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4




Nick Taylor fired seven birdies and an eagle for an 8-under 62 marred by a single bogey at the 14th on Friday to take a two-shot lead in the Sony Open.


The ideal weather conditions and light breeze led to a packed leaderboard with a group of five players in second place behind Taylor and a further group of eight tied for seventh place three shots behind him. Taylor’s playing partner, Keith Mitchell, also shot a 62 and there were only four holes where neither made a birdie.

”I think it’s probably harder out here to make double (bogey) and there’s a lot of birdie opportunities,” said Taylor. ”You can make four, five, six pars in a row and you’re probably getting lapped, especially with how the fairways are running.”



Among the group in seventh place is overnight leader Joaquin Niemann who followed up his opening 62 with a 69 that consisted of pars, two birdies and a bogey.

“Today was a weird day,” said Niemann. “I didn’t feel like I played bad. I actually hit it pretty good. I just didn’t hit it pretty close. I was all day in between. But I’m still in good position, so just looking forward for the weekend.”


“I’m playing great. I think if I just keep playing the way I’m playing, hitting a lot of greens, giving myself a lot of chances, I’ll be doing good.”

Harris English, winner of last week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions, opened with a 70 on Thursday but recovered with a 64 and is T35 alongside ten others at 6-under.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Nick Taylor
-12
66
62
128
T2
Stewart Cink
-10
67
63
130
T2
Russell Henley
-10
66
64
130
T2
Chris Kirk
-10
65
65
130
T2
Webb Simpson
-10
65
65
130
T2
Vaughn Taylor
-10
64
66
130
T7
Charley Hoffman
-9
66
65
131
T7
Billy Horschel
-9
65
66
131
T7
Marc Leishman
-9
66
65
131
T7
Peter Malnati
-9
62
69
131
T7
Hideki Matsuyama
-9
66
65
131
T7
Collin Morikawa
-9
66
65
131
T7
Joaquin Niemann
-9
62
69
131
T7
Brendan Steele
-9
65
66
131
T15
Aaron Baddeley
-8
64
68
132
T15
Daniel Berger
-8
64
68
132
T15
K.J. Choi
-8
67
65
132
T15
Nick Hardy
-8
69
63
132
T19
Lanto Griffin
-7
68
65
133
T19
James Hahn
-7
68
65
133
T19
Jim Herman
-7
64
69
133
T19
Patton Kizzire
-7
64
69
133
T19
Jason Kokrak
-7
62
71
133
T19
Nelson Ledesma
-7
67
66
133
T19
Troy Merritt
-7
66
67
133
T19
Keith Mitchell
-7
71
62
133
T19
Kevin Na
-7
67
66
133
T19
Carlos Ortiz
-7
66
67
133
T19
Pat Perez
-7
68
65
133
T19
Adam Scott
-7
69
64
133
T19
Robby Shelton
-7
66
67
133
T19
Cameron Smith
-7
67
66
133
T19
Brian Stuard
-7
66
67
133
T19
Hudson Swafford
-7
65
68
133
T35
Austin Cook
-6
68
66
134
T35
Cameron Davis
-6
68
66
134
T35
Harris English
-6
70
64
134
T35
Brice Garnett
-6
66
68
134
T35
Mark Hubbard
-6
66
68
134
T35
Mackenzie Hughes
-6
65
69
134
T35
Si Woo Kim
-6
64
70
134
T35
Anirban Lahiri
-6
69
65
134
T35
Michael Thompson
-6
66
68
134
T35
Brendon Todd
-6
70
64
134
T35
Mike Weir
-6
68
66
134
T46
Ryan Armour
-5
69
66
135
T46
Wesley Bryan
-5
68
67
135
T46
Jim Furyk
-5
69
66
135
T46
Brian Harman
-5
66
69
135
T46
Kramer Hickok
-5
67
68
135
T46
Charles Howell III
-5
67
68
135
T46
Satoshi Kodaira
-5
69
66
135
T46
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
-5
69
66
135
T46
Ryan Palmer
-5
70
65
135
T46
Sepp Straka
-5
69
66
135
T46
Robert Streb
-5
69
66
135
T57
Chris Baker
-4
69
67
136
T57
Scott Brown
-4
70
66
136
T57
Sergio Garcia
-4
70
66
136
T57
Brian Gay
-4
67
69
136
T57
Emiliano Grillo
-4
66
70
136
T57
Harry Higgs
-4
65
71
136
T57
Sungjae Im
-4
68
68
136
T57
Zach Johnson
-4
71
65
136
T57
Matt Jones
-4
69
67
136
T57
Jerry Kelly
-4
68
68
136
T57
Michael Kim
-4
67
69
136
T57
Ryosuke Kinoshita
-4
68
68
136
T57
Kevin Kisner
-4
69
67
136
T57
Jamie Lovemark
-4
68
68
136
T57
Sebastián Muñoz
-4
66
70
136
T57
Chez Reavie
-4
68
68
136
T57
Martin Trainer
-4
70
66
136
CUT
Abraham Ancer
-3
69
68
137
CUT
Bronson Burgoon
-3
71
66
137
CUT
Talor Gooch
-3
70
67
137
CUT
David Hearn
-3
65
72
137
CUT
Bo Hoag
-3
71
66
137
CUT
Tom Hoge
-3
65
72
137
CUT
Takumi Kanaya
-3
70
67
137
CUT
Cheng Tsung Pan
-3
65
72
137
CUT
Sam Ryder
-3
68
69
137
CUT
Chase Seiffert
-3
65
72
137
CUT
Roger Sloan
-3
67
70
137
CUT
J.J. Spaun
-3
71
66
137
CUT
Tim Wilkinson
-3
69
68
137
CUT
Erik van Rooyen
-3
67
70
137
CUT
William Gordon
-2
68
70
138
CUT
Sung Kang
-2
66
72
138
CUT
Matt Kuchar
-2
70
68
138
CUT
Danny Lee
-2
69
69
138
CUT
William McGirt
-2
68
70
138
CUT
Henrik Norlander
-2
65
73
138
CUT
Seamus Power
-2
70
68
138
CUT
Ben Taylor
-2
68
70
138
CUT
D.J. Trahan
-2
71
67
138
CUT
Nick Watney
-2
71
67
138
CUT
Richy Werenski
-2
72
66
138
CUT
Y.E. Yang
-2
69
69
138
CUT
Xinjun Zhang
-2
69
69
138
CUT
Keegan Bradley
-1
70
69
139
CUT
Rafael Campos
-1
69
70
139
CUT
Andres Gonzales
-1
72
67
139
CUT
Hank Lebioda
-1
72
67
139
CUT
Luke List
-1
72
67
139
CUT
Matthew NeSmith
-1
69
70
139
CUT
Rob Oppenheim
-1
69
70
139
CUT
J.T. Poston
-1
65
74
139
CUT
Ted Potter, Jr.
-1
68
71
139
CUT
MJ Daffue
E
67
73
140
CUT
Russell Knox
E
70
70
140
CUT
Scott Piercy
E
71
69
140
CUT
Andrew Putnam
E
71
69
140
CUT
Rory Sabbatini
E
72
68
140
CUT
Kyle Stanley
E
67
73
140
CUT
Kevin Tway
E
70
70
140
CUT
Matt Every
1
67
74
141
CUT
Doug Ghim
1
72
69
141
CUT
Bill Haas
1
75
66
141
CUT
Bo Van Pelt
1
69
72
141
CUT
Mark Anderson
2
69
73
142
CUT
Michael Gligic
2
72
70
142
CUT
Hunter Mahan
2
73
69
142
CUT
Grayson Murray
2
67
75
142
CUT
Vijay Singh
2
69
73
142
CUT
Brandt Snedeker
2
73
69
142
CUT
Jimmy Walker
2
73
69
142
CUT
Eric Dugas
3
71
72
143
CUT
Rhein Gibson
3
69
74
143
CUT
Andrew Landry
3
70
73
143
CUT
Davis Love III
3
69
74
143
CUT
Adam Schenk
3
71
72
143
CUT
Branden Grace
4
69
75
144
CUT
Fabián Gómez
4
71
73
144
CUT
Brandon Hagy
4
73
71
144
CUT
In-Hoi Hur
4
71
73
144
CUT
Ryo Ishikawa
4
70
74
144
CUT
Jinichiro Kozuma
4
69
75
144
CUT
Shane Bertsch
5
71
74
145
CUT
Tyler McCumber
5
72
73
145
CUT
Parker McLachlin
5
70
75
145
CUT
Michael Gellerman
6
72
74
146
CUT
Evan Kawai (a)
7
74
73
147
CUT
Nate Lashley
9
74
75
149
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