Brandt Snedeker followed up his opening round 63 with a 5-under 65 on Friday to open up a one-stroke lead through two rounds at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Snedeker recorded a bogey-free round, notching five birdies including four in the first 10 holes and the fifth on No. 18. He needed every one of them to stay ahead of a deep field in which 22 players are within five strokes of the lead through two days.
Kevin Kisner, one of five players tied for the lead on Thursday, fell back one stroke with a 4-under 66, all due to a bogey on No. 13.
Four players are tied for fourth, including defending Open Championship winner Zach Johnson and former No. 1 Luke Donald. Also there is Chez Reavie, who recorded the best round of the day, a 7-under 63 consisting of seven birdies.
Vijay Singh, 52, shot a 1-under 69 to drop back to 8-under, tied for 11th. The wheels came off early for Singh, who bogeyed three of the first six holes, but he rallied hard around the turn, with three birdies and an eagle between No. 7 and No. 12.
The field was so deep that the cut came down at 3-under, leaving the likes of Russell Knox and Chris Kirk on the wrong side of things.
Australia’s Robert Allenby also missed the cut, finishing 1-over. Here’s hoping his Friday night social calendar is a bit less full than last year.