Harman’s good play continues at Sony Open

Brian Harman putts on the 13th green during the second round of the Sony Open on Friday. -- AP photo

HONOLULU — Different islands, vastly different golf courses, same good play from Brian Harman.

One week after Harman shared the 36-hole lead at Kapalua, he ran off three straight birdies and closed with a 15-foot eagle putt for a 7-under 63 and a three-shot lead going into the weekend at the Sony Open.

Harman was at 13-under 127, and no one could catch 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 easy par-5 ninth and making bogey for a 67.

Kirk was three behind along with Zach Johnson (67), John Peterson (64), Tom Hoge (65) and PGA Tour rookie Talor Gooch.

Jordan Spieth watches his shot from the first tee during the second round Friday. -- AP photo

Except for the tropical warmth, the two golf courses on the Hawaii swing are nothing alike. The Plantation Course at Kapalua was built on the side of the mountain on the west tip of Maui and features fairways that can stretch nearly 90 yards wide and big slopes in the greens.

Waialae is at sea level — waist-high hedges along the 16th and 17th holes and behind the 11th green are all that separate grass from the beach — with smaller, flatter greens and fairways framed by trees.

“The biggest elevation change here is from the walk down from the hotel,” Harman said. “I’ve always kind of felt like as long as there’s fairways and greens and holes to putt it, then I’m going to be fine.”

The Georgia native, who tied for third at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, is playing just as well on Oahu as he did on Maui.

He surged ahead in the morning with two quick birdies on the back nine, made the turn in 32 and ran off three straight birdies early on the front nine. After making his only bogey from a bunker on the par-3 seventh, Harman hit 7-iron from 172 yards to 15 feet on No. 9 for a closing eagle.

It’s all just golf to him.

“I’m making putts, but I’m also putting myself in position to make those putts,” he said. “I’m getting a bunch of looks. I’m not making everything I’m looking at, but I’m hitting a lot of good putts and made a few. I’m just going to show up tomorrow and try to hit the first tee shot best you can and go from there.”

On another glorious day of sunshine and good scoring conditions, Johnson had a nine-hole stretch of eight pars and a bogey until a strong finish. He birdied the par-3 seventh and closed with an eagle to salvage a 67.

Defending champion Justin Thomas was closer to the cut line than the lead until he made a trio of 8-foot putts — two for birdies, one for eagle — to close out a 67. He was seven shots behind.

Jordan Spieth made the longest putt of his PGA Tour career — just over 90 feet on No. 5 — but didn’t give himself many good looks. Spieth birdied the last hole for a 68 and was 10 shots behind.

“I didn’t think I had enough club,” Spieth said of his long putt. “I considered hitting a lob wedge because I had something like 30 yards to the hole into the breeze.”

The cut was at 2-under 138. Among those missing the cut was Kihei’s Eric Dugas, whose second straight 71 — his round included two birdies and three bogeys — left him at 2-over 142.



Friday’s Second-Round Leaders

At Waialae Country Club • At Honolulu

Brian Harman 64-63–127 -13

Zach Johnson 63-67–130 -10

John Peterson 66-64–130 -10

Tom Hoge 65-65–130 -10

Chris Kirk 63-67–130 -10

Talor Gooch 64-66–130 -10

Patton Kizzire 67-64–131 -9

Ollie Schniederjans 66-65–131 -9

Kyle Stanley 64-67–131 -9

Kevin Kisner 68-64–132 -8

Xander Schauffele 68-64–132 -8

Brian Stuard 67-66–133 -7

Jerry Kelly 66-67–133 -7

Russell Knox 69-64–133 -7

Cameron Smith 66-67–133 -7

Daisuke Kataoka 65-68–133 -7

Harris English 69-65–134 -6

Gary Woodland 67-67–134 -6

Stewart Cink 70-64–134 -6

Ryan Armour 67-67–134 -6

Hudson Swafford 68-66–134 -6

Justin Thomas 67-67–134 -6

Jason Dufner 69-65–134 -6

Sam Saunders 67-67–134 -6

Wesley Bryan 68-66–134 -6

Marc Leishman 68-66–134 -6

Ryan Blaum 66-68–134 -6

Nate Lashley 68-67–135 -5

Ryan Palmer 71-64–135 -5

Emiliano Grillo 68-67–135 -5

Charles Howell III 67-68–135 -5

Daniel Berger 67-68–135 -5

Matt Jones 67-68–135 -5

Brandon Harkins 67-68–135 -5

Ben Martin 69-66–135 -5

Adam Schenk 70-65–135 -5

Scott Brown 69-67–136 -4

Scott Piercy 69-67–136 -4

Matt Every 65-71–136 -4

Rory Sabbatini 71-65–136 -4

Seamus Power 68-68–136 -4

Corey Conners 70-66–136 -4

Keith Mitchell 70-66–136 -4

Jonathan Byrd 68-68–136 -4

James Hahn 67-69–136 -4

Tyrone Van Aswegen 68-68–136 -4

Nicholas Lindheim 66-70–136 -4

Chez Reavie 68-69–137 -3

Dominic Bozzelli 70-67–137 -3

Tony Finau 70-67–137 -3

Jonathan Randolph 69-68–137 -3

Xinjun Zhang 72-65–137 -3

Blayne Barber 68-69–137 -3

J.J. Spaun 67-70–137 -3

Kevin Tway 71-66–137 -3

Vaughn Taylor 64-73–137 -3

Webb Simpson 67-70–137 -3

Jordan Spieth 69-68–137 -3

Jason Kokrak 67-70–137 -3

Lanto Griffin 67-70–137 -3

Roberto Diaz 70-67–137 -3

Andrew Putnam 71-66–137 -3

Keegan Bradley 70-68–138 -2

Steve Allan 68-70–138 -2

Brian Gay 70-68–138 -2

William McGirt 66-72–138 -2

Joel Dahmen 68-70–138 -2

Conrad Shindler 66-72–138 -2

Colt Knost 68-70–138 -2

D.A. Points 68-70–138 -2

Si Woo Kim 67-71–138 -2

Austin Cook 67-71–138 -2

John Oda 68-70–138 -2

Shugo Imahira 67-71–138 -2

Stephan Jaeger 68-70–138 -2

Sam Ryder 68-70–138 -2