Jan 9th, 2021
Harris English leads in Hawaii
As the big names start moving up the leaderboard
Words: GolfPunk Photography: Getty Images/PGA Tour
Teeing off with countryman and co-leader Justin Thomas, Thomas held a one shot lead at the turn as he found four birdies to the three of English. However, the birdies dried up on the back nine for Thomas who struggle home with a level par back nine.
Harris continued his flawless round on the closing nine with three birdies, one of which came at the last where Harris holed from ten feet to extend his lead.
“I feel like I played really solid today, just didn't hole as many putts as I did the first round, but played solid,” said Harris.
“But I feel like if I keep shooting 6-under every day it's going to be a good score at the end of the week.”
Thomas fell back into a share of second place with fellow Americans Collin Morikawa and Daniel Berger who both shot 65s and Ryan Palmer, who was round in 67.
Following the second day of virtually no wind, the scoring remained low and the field is starting to bunch up behind the leaders.
Three shot back from the lead is a group of four that includes Patrick Reed and Xander Schauffele and a gaggle of some seven players is just a further shot back on ten-under. This group contains World number one Dustin Johnson who ominously moved up the leaderboard following a 65.
“Today I hit it a lot closer so made a few more birdies, but yeah, I mean I'm feeling decent position going into tomorrow,” said Johnson. “Felt like I got back in the golf tournament a little bit.”
The only Brit in the field, Martin Laird, had another steady round of 69 to put him on eight-under six back from the leader.