Stuard grabs Sony lead after consecutive 65s


Conditions remained idyllic Friday in Honolulu, where the Sony Open in Hawaii reached the halfway mark. Here's how things shape up after two rounds at Waialae Country Club, where Brian Stuard holds a slim lead after a second consecutive 65:

Leaderboard: Brian Stuard (-10), Marc Leishman (-9), Hideto Tanihara (-9), Harris English (-8), Adam Scott (-7), Jimmy Walker (-7), Jason Kokrak (-7)

What it means: Stuard trailed Sang-Moon Bae by two shots after Thursday's play, but quickly rose to the top of the leaderboard with a round that included as many eagles as bogeys (one of each). As a result, Stuard leads by one heading into the weekend as he looks for his first career PGA Tour victory, though the group trailing him includes Leishman, English and Scott, all of whom have lifted trophies within the last two years.

Round of the day: Three players carded rounds of 6-under 64 Friday, but Hudson Swafford was the only to do so without dropping a shot. The former Georgia standout began on the back nine and birdied two of his first three holes, ultimately making the turn in 4-under 31. Swafford added two more birdies on his inward half to more than bounce back from an even-par 70 in the opening round, and at 6 under he now sits just four shots behind Stuard heading into Saturday.

Best of the rest: Leishman started slowly Friday and stood on the seventh tee at 3 under, even par for the day before things heated up in a hurry. The Aussie birdied the seventh and then added an eagle on the par-5 ninth, followed by birdies at Nos. 10 and 11. A winner at TPC River Highlands in 2012, Leishman's 64 leaves him just a shot off the pace as he looks to continue the Aussie momentum created by countrymen Scott and Jason Day in 2013.

Biggest disappointment: Jordan Spieth appeared to have his game in order after a runner-up finish last week at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, but the 20-year-old failed to get anything going this week at Waialae. Spieth carded only two birdies Friday en route to a 1-over 71, and after an even-par 70 Thursday he became a victim of the 36-hole cut. It marks the first time that Spieth will sit out the weekend since last year's PGA Championship.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: Tee times will be moved up Saturday as inclement weather approaches, which means Stuard will have a little less time to think about his rare position atop the leaderboard. While the group chasing him certainly has a pedigree, including the reigning Masters champion, Stuard clearly feels comfortable along the fairways of Waialae and will look to shoot 65 for the fifth consecutive time Saturday, dating back to the third round of last year's event.

Shot of the day: James Hahn was in need of a spark heading to the ninth hole Friday, and that's just what he received at the par-5. Hahn's drive left him 193 yards from the hole, and his iron approach landed just in front of the green before rolling into the hole for a rare albatross. The deuce helped Hahn to a 2-under 68, and at 5-under he sits just five shots behind Stuard after 36 holes.