Thru the first two rounds of PGA Tour golf in 2017, we have a very intriguing leaderboard.
After round 1, Jimmy Walker held a two-shot lead over American trio, Jim Herman, Justin Thomas and Ryan Moore. Walker carded a first round 65 (-8). He followed this up with a -3 (70) which currently leaves him in 3rd place. Since his first major win at the PGA Championship last July, Walker has not been at his best, so he will be hoping for a change in fortunes here.
Also in 3rd place is Walker’s compatriot, Patrick Reed. Reed’s 65 was the lowest round of the day, and it took a late flurry from the leaders to knock him off the perch. The pair sit two shots adrift of both Justin Thomas and Ryan Moore, who after consecutive rounds of 67 are -12 and one shot clear.
Lurking just three shots off the lead is Hideki Matsuyama (-9). Matsuyama has not finished outside the top-2 in his last five starts worldwide or the top-5 in his last six and will be looking to keep that run going. During this recent purple patch, the World No.6 has accumulated four wins, so he will be confident of making a charge come moving day.
With two rounds left to go the World’s No.1 , Jason Day and No.3 Dustin Johnson will have also not given up hope just yet. The pair sit at -7, five shots behind the leading pair.
Jordan Spieth, the defending champion this week, carded nine birdies in round 2. Unfortunately for him, a double-bogey at the par-3 8th and a triple-bogey at the par-4 17th saw him fall back to -4 on the day and -5 for the tournament. After finishing 2nd and 1st in his first two outings here, he may have to settle for a more modest finish this time around.
Scoring has been low so far this week, in Hawaii with just 3 of the 32 players teeing up, over par. As a result, those at the head of the pack will be confident of adding two more low rounds to their current total, so it may well be a shoot-out come Sunday.
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