Spieth, Haas, Walker share Hero lead


Things remain tight despite a small field at the Hero World Challenge, where the defending champ remains in the mix for a repeat. Here's how things look after two rounds in the Bahamas, as Jordan Spieth shares the lead with two others:

Leaderboard: Jordan Spieth (-11), Bill Haas (-11), Jimmy Walker (-11), Chris Kirk (-10), Patrick Reed (-10), Bubba Watson (-10)

What it means: The leaderboard is still a bit of a logjam, as at one point there were eight players sharing the lead among the 18-man field. But when the round ended only three co-leaders remained, with three more one shot back, as Spieth looks to successfully defend the title he won by 10 shots at Isleworth a year ago.

Round of the day: Kirk bogeyed the second hole, but that was the lone blemish during an otherwise strong round. The reigning Crowne Plaza Invitational champ made eight birdies, including five straight birdies on Nos. 7-11, en route to a 7-under 65 that has him one back.

Best of the rest: Reed made it around Albany without a bogey, as he began with four birdies over his first seven holes and maintained the momentum from there. Reed made his back-nine progress in the heart of his inward half, circling Nos. 13-15 to reach 10 under. He looks to win for the first time since the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January.

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Biggest disappointment: As a Bahamas resident, Justin Rose would appear to have a bit of a home-field advantage, but it hasn't served him well through two rounds. Rose followed a 71 with an even-par 72. At 1 under, he sits 10 shots back, ahead of only Hideki Matsuyama.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: No one has found a way to separate from the field, but the player to watch is still the world No. 1. Spieth was 7 under during a nine-hole stretch in the middle of his round Friday and appears eager to add yet another piece of hardware to end what has already been a historic year inside the ropes.

Shot of the day: It wasn't an ace, but Spieth still made an eagle for the second straight round. After finding the front portion of the green with his second shot on the par-5 11th, Spieth rolled in a 30-foot eagle putt that at the time brought him within a shot of Haas' lead.