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2023 Sony Open leaderboard, scores: Jordan Spieth shares lead with Chris Kirk, Taylor Montgomery in Hawaii

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In what could have been a bad week for the PGA Tour, a superstar emerged on the first day of the Sony Open to share the lead in Friday’s second round.

Jordan Spieth hit 64 at the Waialai Country Club in Honolulu on Thursday and, along with Chris Kirk and Taylor Montgomery, took first place on the leaderboard ahead of a group of six other golfers after play was suspended due to darkness. Although Spit has won the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii before, he has never won in this particular tournament. However, a victory here could portend a monstrous 2023 for the three-time top winner.

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Let’s take a look at his round along with what to expect before the end of the week.


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T1. Jordan Spieth, Chris Kirk, Taylor Montgomery (-6): Warning: this is going to be a very heavy article on Sleep (for obvious reasons). The good news for the Golden Child is that he is leading the golf tournament. The bad news is that he almost had to lead the field to do so. On Thursday, Spit had an almost completely clean card, but it was stained by a scarecrow on the 13th par-4 hole. He said after the round that the stick was starting to feel good again.

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“Half of my punches today were like, ‘Wow, I knew exactly where this was going.’ Some of them came in and some didn’t and others didn’t, and I did some of them,” Spit said. “It’s simple… but I know that once I have a certain feel for the ball, I can beat the pitch. I can be #1 in hits in a week because I know what it’s like.”

“So I’m just trying to achieve that. It’s happening and it’s exciting.”

The numbers converge. Spit’s 50-round rolling average of hits earned exceeds the PGA Tour average (0.0 SG) for the first time since last year’s Texas Open.

I’m not sure Spit has anything to prove to anyone considering he’s already won three majors and 13 times before he turned 30. But winning here and a little momentum turning into a big stretch of golf leading up to the Masters is definitely will raise it. My thoughts go back to someone who could very well be the #1 player in the world by the end of the year. It’s a long way to go and he needs to do it a little better than today, but something is definitely brewing.

Other contenders

T4. Harris English, Denny McCarthy, Brandon Todd, David Lipsky, Rory Sabbatini (-5)

T11. Stuart Sink, KJ Choi, Cam Davis (-4)

We could talk about English (which we will do below), but what about Sink and Choi (age 101 combined) at this event! Both have hit 66 and both have done so by scoring the number of hits in each statistical category, which is remarkable.

Besides, Sabbatini’s script on Thursday was for all time.

Quote(s) of the day

Spit had a few gems after his 64. The first was about where his game is compared to where it has been in recent years.

“I reckon I can throw 5 or 6 balls every day here,” Spit said. “Not saying it means it’s going to happen, but other times I would sit and think, ‘How do I keep this shit together,’ to be honest. Seriously”.

I can’t think of a better way to sum up his entire career.

Secondly, it was a high-profile ploy after this quote about his game and the revelation that he and his family had recently bought a motorhome to travel to PGA Tour events.

Q: When was the last time you flew as a coach?

Sleeping: 27th – oh, coach, sorry, no … I thought you said advertising.

Of course, of course, of course.

Harris English reappears

Harris English has been out with injury for most of 2022 and it’s clear he’s had a hard time recovering. In the 15 starts since returning last June, English has only made it to the top 10 once (the Fortinet Championship in September). His 65 points in the first round marked just the third time he’s hit at least 4.4 on the field in a single round since the summer of 2021. English said after his round that it was as close to 100% as he had felt in a long time. time, so hopefully this is the start of his good career in 2023.

Sony Open 2023 updated odds and picks

  • Jordan Spit: 4-1
  • Taylor Montgomery: 8-1
  • Harris English: 14-1
  • Chris Kirk: 18-1
  • Danny McCarthy: 20-1
  • Cam Davis: 20-1

This is a hard board. I don’t particularly like anyone on it, but if you make me choose, I think Davis with 20-1 is really interesting. He was only two behind and led Thursday from the tee to the green. A big year from him wouldn’t be a surprise, and it’s very easy to imagine – even if his game doesn’t seem to be a perfect match for Waialaya – to imagine him starting to roll this weekend.

Rick Gehman, Kyle Porter and Patrick McDonald are joined by Robbie Berger of Bob Does Sports. Rick Gehman and Kyle Porter recap Thursday’s events at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Follow and listen to The First Cut at Apple Podcasts and Spotify.


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