Brian Harman Shoots 63, Leads Sony Open by 3 Strokes

Brian Harman is sure liking Hawaii.

The American is in contention for a title for the second straight week, shooting a 63 on Friday to reach 13-under at the midway point of the Sony Open in Hawaii.

He had a 3-stroke lead over Zach Johnson, Chris Kirk, Tom Hoge, John Peterson, and the best name on the PGA Tour – rookie Taylor Gooch.

“I’m making putts, but I’m also putting myself in position to make those putts,” Harman 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.”

Defending champion Justin Thomas had to fight to avoid the cut by making two birdies and an eagle to end the day. He shot a 67 but is seven strokes off the lead.

World No. 2 Jordan Spieth electrified the crowd with a 90-foot putt on No. 5, but had a second straight inconsistent day and finished with a 68, putting him 10 strokes off the pace.

Harman jumped four spots in the rankings from 23rd to 27th with his strong finish a week ago at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. A victory on Oahu could see him breach the Top 20 for the first time in his career.

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