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Sony Open in Hawaii R2
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January 14, 2023
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Chris Kirk carded a second-round 65 to retain a one-shot lead at 11-under in the Sony Open in Hawaii.

After seeking help for his addictions, Kirk returned to golf two years ago on a medical extension. Last year's event was his last chance to keep his card which he did by finishing tied for second place.

"I felt good going into today, and after playing really well yesterday you want to come out and hit some solid shots and kind of ease into it. I did not ease into it at all. Really nice putt I made on 1, and then couple pitching wedges on 2 and 3 that I hit pretty close.

"I was felt like off the races, but then maybe, yeah, it can be hard to sustain that sometimes for 18 holes, that type of momentum. We're all trying to birdie all 18 holes but we never do it.

"Hit a couple tee shots that weren't quite what I wanted on 5 and 6 and was able to make a good save on 5, and then bogeyed on 6 unfortunately. But then after that, after I made the turn, really just kind of settled in and played steady, solid golf on the back nine.

"Three birdies, no bogeys. Never really in any kind of stress, which was a nice way to finish off my day.

"It's so difficult to be great at this game professionally in the mental side," he said. "I don't know if I did a good job today or not, but thankfully did on the back nine. I always remind myself that pressure is a privilege when you start feeling a little bit of nerves."

PGA Tour rookie Taylor Montgomery is playing his eighth tournament this season and has only finished outside the top-15 once so far. He shares second place at 10-under after closing with a 66.

Tied alongside him is J.J. Spaun who shot 64, matchind his best second-round score on Tour (2017 WM Phoenix Open). Spaun has played the Sony Open five times previously and his best finish so far was T47 in 2018.

Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama carded a 1-under 69 to notch his 13th consecutive under-par round at the Sony Open in Hawaii, the longest active streak at the event. He currently lies in T46 at 3-under.

Hayden Buckley (64) and David Lipsky (66) complete the all-American top-5, tied in fourth at 9-under.

Jordan Spieth started the day in a share of the lead alongside Kirk and Montgomery but closed with a 75 that included six bogeys and a single birdie, missing the cut by one shot. He is the first player since Matt Every at Bay Hill in 2020 to miss after sharing the first-round lead.

"I've never led a tournament and missed the cut before," said Spieth. "Just got the ball in the wrong spots at the wrong places."

Play was suspended due to darkness at 6:18 p.m., with Davis Thompson to conclude his second round on Saturday at 7:10 a.m. The third round will consist of threesomes off Nos. 1 and 10 with tee times from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Pos,PlayerTo ParThruR1R2Total
1Chris Kirk-11F6465129
T2Taylor Montgomery-10F6466130
T2J.J. Spaun-10F6664130
T4Hayden Buckley-9F6764131
T4David Lipsky-9F6566131
T6Ben Taylor-8F6666132
T6Austin Eckroat-8F6666132
T6S.H. Kim-8F6567132
T9Stephan Jaeger-7F6766133
T9J.T. Poston-7F6766133
T9Brendon Todd-7F6568133
T9Ben Griffin-7F6568133
T9Maverick McNealy-7F6667133
T9Kevin Yu-7F6766133
T16Chez Reavie-6F6767134
T16Nick Hardy-6F7163134
T16Joseph Winslow-6F6668134
T16Stewart Cink-6F6668134
T16Si Woo Kim-6F6767134
T16Michael Thompson-6F6965134
T16Nate Lashley-6F6965134
T23Byeong Hun An-5F7065135
T23Adam Scott-5F6966135
T23Corey Conners-5F6966135
T23Carl Yuan-5F7065135
T23Augusto Núñez-5F6768135
T23Doc Redman-5F6768135
T23Harris English-5F6570135
T23Justin Suh-5F7065135
T23MJ Daffue-5F6768135
T23Harry Hall-5F6669135
T33Kevin Tway-4F7066136
T33Brian Stuard-4F7165136
T33K.H. Lee-4F6967136
T33Ben Martin-4F6868136
T33Andrew Novak-4F6670136
T33Will Gordon-4F6967136
T33Anders Albertson-4F6868136
T33Andrew Putnam-4F7066136
T33Cam Davis-4F6670136
T33Russell Henley-4F6769136
T33Brian Harman-4F6769136
T33Zac Blair-4F6769136
T33Eric Cole-4F6967136
T46Aaron Baddeley-3F6770137
T46Patton Kizzire-3F6770137
T46Brice Garnett-3F7067137
T46Danny Lee-3F6968137
T46Hideki Matsuyama-3F6869137
T46Joseph Bramlett-3F6869137
T46Taiga Semikawa-3F7166137
T46Keita Nakajima-3F7067137
T46Tyson Alexander-3F6869137
T46Kelly Kraft-3F6968137
T46Matt Kuchar-3F7067137
T46Cole Hammer-3F7166137
T58Kurt Kitayama-2F6969138
T58Ryan Palmer-2F7167138
T58Aaron Rai-2F6771138
T58Nick Taylor-2F7068138
T58Greyson Sigg-2F7167138
T58Adam Long-2F6870138
T58Nico Echavarria-2F6969138
T58Kazuki Higa-2F6969138
T58Troy Merritt-2F6870138
T58Brendan Steele-2F6672138
T58Chad Ramey-2F6870138
T58Tom Hoge-2F6870138
T58Adam Svensson-2F6969138
T58Zach Johnson-2F6969138
T58Ryan Brehm-2F6969138
T58Russell Knox-2F6969138
T58Austin Smotherman-2F6672138
T58Adam Schenk-2F7068138
T58Davis Thompson-21769-69
Projected Cut
T77Ryan Armour-1F7069139
T77Rory Sabbatini-1F6574139
T77K.J. Choi-1F6673139
T77Mark Hubbard-1F6871139
T77Jim Herman-1F7267139
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T77Scott Piercy-1F7168139
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T77Matti Schmid-1F7267139
T77Trevor Cone-1F7069139
T77Dylan Wu-1F7069139
T89Peter MalnatiParF7070140
T89Keith MitchellParF7466140
T89Jerry KellyParF7070140
T89Kyle StanleyParF7169140
T89Chesson HadleyParF7367140
T89Alex SmalleyParF7169140
T89Sam RyderParF6971140
T89Sam StevensParF7169140
T97Jimmy Walker+1F7071141
T97Gary Woodland+1F7665141
T97Tom Kim+1F7269141
T97Jesse Mueller+1F7071141
T97Emiliano Grillo+1F6873141
T97Parker McLachlin+1F6972141
T97Lucas Glover+1F7368141
T97Webb Simpson+1F6972141
T97Ryan Moore+1F6972141
T97Max McGreevy+1F7071141
T97Erik Barnes+1F7269141
T97Tano Goya+1F6873141
T97Kaito Onishi+1F6972141
T110Robert Streb+2F6874142
T110Sungjae Im+2F7171142
T110Zecheng Dou+2F7369142
T110George Markham+2F7171142
T110Vincent Norrman+2F7072142
T110Kevin Roy+2F6775142
T110Danny Guise+2F7072142
T110Paul Haley II+2F7765142
T110Kyle Westmoreland+2F7171142
T119David Lingmerth+3F7370143
T119Tyler Duncan+3F7271143
T119Keegan Bradley+3F7172143
T119Scott Harrington+3F6974143
T119Harry Higgs+3F7271143
T119Blaze Akana (a)+3F7172143
T119Jonathan Byrd+3F7271143
T119Michael Kim+3F7271143
T119Billy Horschel+3F7271143
T119Carson Young+3F6974143
T119Trevor Werbylo+3F6776143
T130Richy Werenski+4F7371144
T130Mackenzie Hughes+4F7272144
T130Austin Cook+4F7074144
T130Robby Shelton+4F7371144
T130Brent Grant+4F7074144
T130Yuto Katsuragawa+4F7470144
136Michael Gligic+5F7570145
T137Kevin Streelman+6F7571146
T137Brandon Matthews+6F8066146
T137Harrison Endycott+6F7769146
140Christiaan Bezuidenhout+7F7473147
141Kohei Okada (a)+9F7673149
T142Matthias Schwab+10F7674150
T142Austen Truslow+10F7377150
144Michael Castillo+13F7974153
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Sony Open in Hawaii 2023

Date: January 12th - 15th 2023

Location: Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii

Purse: $7,900,000

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