Justin Thomas shot 6-under 64 to take a five-shot lead heading into the weekend at the Sony Open in Hawaii

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Second-Round Notes – Friday, January 13, 2017
Weather
Mostly Sunny. High of 82. Wind S 5 mph.
82 players out of 142 professionals and two amateurs made the cut at 3-under-par 137. With more than 78 players making the 36-hole cut, there will be a 54-hole cut to the low 70 and ties following the third round.
Second-Round Leaderboard
Justin Thomas               59-64–123 (-17)
Gary Woodland             64-64–128 (-12)
Hudson Swafford          62-68–130 (-10)
Justin Rose                   66-64–130 (-10)
Zach Johnson               69-61–130 (-10)
Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas, who notched his third PGA TOUR victory last week at the SBS Tournament of Champions, eagled his final hole for the second day in a row to follow his opening-round 59 with a 6-under 64 to take a five-shot lead heading into the weekend at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Thomas’ two-day total of 123 (-17) sets the record for the lowest first 36 holes in PGA TOUR history, previously held by three players at 124:
Jason Day – 2015 BMW Championship
David Toms – 2011 DEAN & DELUCA Invitational
Pat Perez – 2009 CareerBuilder Challenge
For reference, the record for the lowest opening 54 holes on the PGA TOUR is 188 set by Steve Stricker at the 2010 John Deere Classic.
Thomas’ 36-hole total also sets a new tournament record, three better than the previous record of 126 set by Russell Henley in 2013 on his way to victory. Thomas lowest 36-hole total before today was 128 (-12) at the 2015 Sony Open in Hawaii.
Thomas’ five-shot lead matches the largest 36-hole lead in tournament history, set by two previous players (Paul Azinger, 2000 and Brad Faxon, 2001). It is also the largest 36-hole lead on TOUR since Jhonattan Vegas at the 2016 Barbasol Championship, who held a six-shot lead through two rounds.
Thomas opened the Sony Open in Hawaii with an 11-under 59, becoming the seventh player (eight times) to record a sub-60 round on the PGA TOUR.
At the age of 23 years, eight months and 14 days, Thomas became the youngest player in PGA TOUR history to post a sub-60 round, topping David Duval who did so at the 1999 CareerBuilder Challenge at the age of 27 years, two months and 15 days.
Sub-60 rounds on the PGA TOUR:
Name
Event/Round/Score
Par
Finish
Al Geiberger
1977 FedEx St. Jude Classic/R2/59
72
Won
Chip Beck
1991 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open/R3/59
72
T3
David Duval
1999 CareerBuilder Challenge/R4/59
72
Won
Paul Goydos
2010 John Deere Classic/R1/59
71
2
Stuart Appleby
2010 Greenbrier Classic/R4/59
70
Won
Jim Furyk
2013 BMW Championship/R2/59
71
3
Jim Furyk
2016 Travelers Championship/R4/58
70
T5
Justin Thomas
2017 Sony Open in Hawaii/R1/59
70
TBD
Thomas’ lowest scores on the PGA TOUR:
59 – 2017 Sony Open in Hawaii/R1
61 – 2015 Sony Open in Hawaii/R2, 2015 CIMB Classic/R2,
Lowest scores at the Sony Open in Hawaii:
59 – Justin Thomas (R1, 2017)
60 – Davis Love III (R2, 1994)
61 – David Toms (R3, 2006)
61 – Bryce Molder (R2, 2017)
Lowest opening-round scores at the Sony Open in Hawaii:
59 – Justin Thomas (2017)
62 – Scott Simpson (1991), Brian Claar/Mike Reid (1997), Scott Langley (2013), Paul Casey/Webb Simpson (2015)
Thomas is seeking to become the first player to win the SBS Tournament of Champions and Sony Open in Hawaii in the same season since Ernie Els in 2003.
Thomas is making his third start at the Sony Open in Hawaii (T6-2015, MC-2016).
Thomas trails Hideki Matsuyama by just 36 points in the FedExCup standings.
Last week at the SBS Tournament of Champions, Thomas earned his third PGA TOUR victory in his 73rd start at the age of 23 years, 8 months and 10 days.
PGA TOUR victories (3): 2015 CIMB Classic, 2016 CIMB Classic, 2017 SBS Tournament of Champions.
Thomas’ win last week was the fifth by a player in his 20s this season (Thomas/2, Hideki Matsuyama, Cody Gribble, Mackenzie Hughes), compared to one in his 30s (Brendan Steele) and two in their 40s (Rod Pampling, Pat Perez).
The Alabama product’s 2015-16 season concluded with his first appearance in the season-ending TOUR Championship thanks to three third-place finishes to go along with his maiden victory. He finished the season ranked No. 12 in the FedExCup.
Thomas has now held the second-round lead/co-lead six times on the PGA TOUR (2015 Sony Open in Hawaii/T6, 2015 John Deere Classic/T5, 2015 CIMB Classic/Win, 2016 CIMB Classic/Win, 2017 SBS Tournament of Champions/Win, 2017 Sony Open in Hawaii/TBD).
Second-Round Leader Statistics
One out of the last three 36-hole leaders have gone on to win the Sony Open in Hawaii, and four out of the last
nine.
The following details the last three years at this event:
Year                             36-hole leader/Score                                         Eventual Champion/Score
2016                             Snedeker (128/-12)                                            Gomez (260/-20)*
2015                             Kuchar, Simpson, Thomas (128/-12)                  Walker (257/-23)
2014                             Stuard (130/-10)                                                Walker (263/-17)
2013                             Henley (126/-14)                                               Henley (256/-24)
*Playoff over Brandt Snedeker
Second-round leaders/co-leaders who have gone on to win so far in the 2015-16 PGA TOUR season (5/8):
Justin Thomas (CIMB Classic)
Hideki Matsuyama (WGC-HSBC Champions)
Rod Pampling (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open)
Mackenzie Hughes (The RSM Classic)
Justin Thomas (SBS Tournament of Champions)
Gary Woodland
Gary Woodland shot his second-straight 64 and is 12-under through two rounds, five shots behind Justin Thomas’ lead. Woodland is searching for his third career victory to go with two previous wins (2011 CareerBuilder Challenge, 2011 Valspar Championship).
Woodland has held at least a share of second or better three times in his PGA TOUR career, leading through two rounds at the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open (T18) and at the 2016 OHL Classic at Mayakoba (2), and holding a share of second through two rounds at THE NORTHERN TRUST in 2013 (T2).
This is Woodland’s fifth start at the Sony Open in Hawaii, with his best finish coming in 2015 when he tied for third.
Additional Player notes
Following a first-round 62, Hudson Swafford posted a second-round 2-under 68 in his fourth start at the Sony Open in Hawaii (T8-2014, MC-2015, T9-2016) and is seven shots behind Justin Thomas. His opening-round 62 was his best round at the Sony Open in Hawaii, his previous-best at Waialae was a second-round 64 in 2014. Swafford’s best finishes on the PGA TOUR are a pair of T8s, at the 2014 Sony Open in Hawaii and the 2014 Safeway Open.
Justin Rose followed an opening-round, 4-under 66 with a second-round, 6-under 64 in his first visit to the Sony Open since a T13 finish in 2011. He sits seven back of the lead of Justin Thomas. In all, he owns three top-20 finishes in four prior starts at the event (T13-2011, T12-2010, MC-2006, T20-2005).
2009 Sony Open in Hawaii champion Zach Johnson posted a second-round 61 in the second round as he makes his 12th start at Waialae Country Club, with additional top-10 finishes in 2014 (T8) and 2016 (T9). The 61 is Johnson’s third-lowest round on the PGA TOUR (60-2007 TOUR Championship, 60-2009 Valero Texas Open).
Webb Simpson, winner of the 2012 U.S. Open, shot a second-round 65 and sits T3, eight shots behind Thomas’ lead. Simpson is making his eighth start in the Sony Open in Hawaii this week, his best finish T9 in his debut at the event in 2009. He has never missed the cut at Waialae Country Club and his finished T13 the last two years.
Charles Howell III shot a 4-under 66 in the second round and is at 9-under, eight off the lead. He owns eight top-10 finishes in 15 prior starts at the Sony Open in Hawaii (T8-2014, T3-2013, T2-2012, T5-2010, 4-2009, T2-2007, T3-2005, T4-2002). Most recently he finished T13 in 2016. Twenty-one of his last 22 rounds at Waialae Country Club have been in the 60s.
Defending champion Fabian Gomez is at 5-under through two rounds in his bid to become the fifth player to win consecutive Sony Open titles: Hubert Green (1978-79), Corey Pavin (1986-87), Ernie Els (2003-04), Jimmy Walker (2014-15).
Billy Hurley III, a former Naval officer who at one time was stationed at Pearl Harbor, is at 8-under through two rounds as he returns to the island for the first time since winning last year’s Quicken Loans National.
Jordan Spieth missed the cut in his only other Sony Open in Hawaii start (2014). Playing alongside Justin Thomas Thursday and Friday, he opened with a 5-under 65, and followed with a second round 67. He is T13 through two rounds.
2006 Sony Open in Hawaii winner David Toms, who turned 50 on January 4th, shot 70-70 to miss the cut. He will embark on his Champions Tour career next week at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.
Local favorite Tadd Fujikawa opened with a 3-over 73 and followed with another 73 to miss the cut. This was his sixth start at the Sony Open in Hawaii, with top-10 finishes in 2012 (T19) and 2007 (T20).
                                                                                                                        
Miscellaneous Notes
Ten players have made the Sony Open in Hawaii their first PGA TOUR win: Ted Makalena (1966), Grier Jones (1972), John Schlee (1973), Gary Groh (1975), Isao Aoki (1983), David Ishii (1990), John Morse (1995), Jerry Kelly (2002), Russell Henley (2013).
Nine of the top 10 in the current FedExCup standings are in this week’s field, including Hideki Matsuyama (1), Justin Thomas (2), Pat Perez (3), Mackenzie Hughes (5), Rod Pampling (6), Cody Gribble (7), Russell Knox (8), Scott Piercy (9) and Luke List (10).
Five of the nine former FedExCup champions are in the field, including 2015 champion Jordan Spieth who is playing the Sony Open for the first time since 2014. The other FedExCup champions are Billy Horschel (2014), Brandt Snedeker (2012), Bill Haas (2011) and Vijay Singh (2008).
Past champions: Zach Johnson (T3), Russell Henley (T6), Fabian Gomez (T48), Vijay Singh (T48), Ryan Palmer (MC), , K.J. Choi (MC), David Toms (MC), Jerry Kelly (MC), Jimmy Walker (MC), Johnson Wagner (MC).
Bogey-free rounds:
R1 – Gary Woodland (64), Russell Henley (64), Shawn Stefani (64), Billy Hurley III (64), Jamie Lovemark (64), Michael Thompson (65), Ryan Palmer (66), Hyung-Sung Kim (68)
R2 – Bryce Molder (61), Zach Johnson (61), Chad Campbell (62), Brian Gay (64), Ken Duke (65), Derek Fathauer (65), Satoshi Kodaira (66), Rod Pampling (66), Jared Sawada (66), Bryson DeChambeau (67), Brian Harman (67), Michael Kim (67), Seung-Yul Noh (67), Sean O’Hair (69)
Scoring Averages at the par-70 Waialae Country Club:
Front 9             Back 9             Total                Cumulative
R1        34.278              33.972              68.250              —
R2        34.201              34.167              68.368              68.309
The par-4 13th hole played the toughest during the first round, yielding a 4.375 average. The par-5 ninth hole was the easiest at 4.236.

 

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