Two old pros and a kid out of nowhere are tied atop the Sony Open leaderboard through two rounds in Honolulu with matching 12-unders.
Webb Simpson and Matt Kuchar are the old pros, and Justin Thomas, all of 21 years old, is the rookie. Thomas fired a 61 on Friday, one off the record set by Davis Love III in 1994, a record set when Thomas was 10 months old.
“It was probably the best zone and best focus I’ve ever been in,” Thomas said. “I knew I was playing well, but I really didn’t know how many under I was for the day, and I just kind of kept playing. It doesn’t happen very often in golf, and it’s really fun to happen. It’s probably maybe only the second time it’s ever happened to me.”
Thomas exploded down the stretch, closing with two birdies and an 18-foot eagle putt on No. 18.
Simpson continued to impress in his first tournament since giving up his belly putter, which will be outlawed at the end of the current season. He shot a 66 after his opening-round 62.
Kuchar fired a 63 by knocking in seven birdies. South Africa’s Tim Clark and the US’ Ryan Merritt are the only other players at least 10 strokes under par, tied there for fourth.