Snedeker, Kisner among early Sony leaders


The PGA Tour has moved from Maui to Oahu, but the scores have remained just as low after one round of the Sony Open in Hawaii. Here is how things look in Honolulu, where Brandt Snedeker headlines a group of co-leaders:

Leaderboard: Brandt Snedeker (-7), Kevin Kisner (-7), Ricky Barnes (-7) Morgan Hoffmann (-7), Vijay Singh (-7), Si Woo Kim (-6), Zach Johnson (-6), Luke Donald (-5)

What it means: Waialae Country Club yielded plenty of birdies, as more than half of the 144-man field broke par. Among the group at the top are a pair who played well last week at Kapalua, as Snedeker looks to improve upon his T-3 finish in Maui and Kisner attempts to extend his current lead in the season-long FedEx Cup standings.

Round of the day: Snedeker has a certain penchant for streaky play, and he clearly appeared to be comfortable Thursday amid the cozy confines of Waialae. After three birdies on the front nine, Snedeker jarred a pitch for eagle on No. 10 and followed his lone bogey on No. 14 with birdies on each of the two subsequent holes. It marked Snedeker's fourth score of 6-under or better across his last five rounds.

Best of the rest: Kisner earned his breakthrough win earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he got off to a strong start last week at Kapalua before finishing ninth. He is again in contention after a 63 that included eight birdies against just one bogey, and he extends his run of consecutive subpar rounds to 13 - the longest such active streak on Tour.

Biggest disappointment: Jimmy Walker is in search of a rare three-peat this week in Honolulu, but the two-time defending champ has an uphill battle if he is to return to the winner's circle. Walker carded a 1-under 69 that included an eagle and a birdie against two bogeys, putting him six shots off the early pace with dozens of names ahead of his in the standings.

Main storyline heading into Friday: The leaderboard remains congested, but the players to watch are the three near the top of the leaderboard who teed it up last week at the winners-only event. That includes Snedeker and Kisner, both of whom should remain hot throughout the weekend, and Johnson, who won this event in 2009 and is eager to rebound from a mediocre showing in Maui.

Shot of the day: Snedeker was facing a tough up-and-down from behind the green on the short par-4 10th hole, but he took care of that challenge with a single swipe. Snedeker's tricky pitch from the rough found the hole for an unexpected eagle, sparking him to a back-nine 31.

Quote of the day: "I've been playing really well, I just haven't produced the scores." - Singh, who recorded his lowest score since the 2012 Greenbrier Classic and at age 52 could become the oldest winner in Tour history.