Marc Leishman well placed at Sony Open
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2014 Sony Open in Hawaii | Round Two | 11 Jan 2014
31 year old American Brian Stuard has the lead at the Sony Open as the events enters the weekend, the third season player adding a second consecutive 65 to be one ahead of Australian Marc Leishman and Japanese Tour invitee Hideto Tanihara.
For Stuard it was his fourth consecutive round of 65 at the Waialae Country Club having produced weekend rounds of that score when finishing 5th in the event last year.
Interestingly Stuard finished runner-up in his last event of 2013 at the Mayakoba Classic so seems to have found a very good vein of form. He has yet to win on the PGA Tour but this appears to offer a great chance especially given his record on the golf course. Eight of his ten career rounds in the event have been inside the 60’s.
Leishman took a while to get going today but when he did he reeled of a round of 64 in his first event in nearly two months. Leishman has not missed a cut in now six starts at the Sony Open and has put together several solid finishes so given he now has the rust out of his system he could well go on with it this weekend.
Tanihara is a ten time winner on the Japan Golf Tour and has been inside the top ten in five of his last six starts on the Japan Golf Tour including victory at the Visa Taiheiyo Masters event in November and a top ten at the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne.
The very promising Harris English is one shot further back with Adam Scott amongst a large group one shot further back again and just three shots from the lead.
Greg Chalmers is four shots off the lead in 11th position while Robert Allenby, Steve Bowditch, Stuart Appleby, John Senden and New Zealander Tim Wilkinson also made the cut but are well back.