It wasn’t quite as windy and rainy at Waialae Country Club today as it was Thursday, and some golfers took advantage.
Brendan Steele birdied his final three holes to shoot a 4-under 66 and is tied for the lead with Cameron Davis at 6-under at the close of today’s second round of play at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
“There were definitely times when it laid down a little bit today,” Steele said. “The gusts yesterday I think got up to around 40. We haven’t quite ween that today, maybe only a couple times.”
Steele birdied five of his final six holes overall, but a double bogey on hole No. 6 — his 15th of the day — kept him tied with Davis, who also shot 66.
“What’s worked right? Just keeping it in play,” Davis said. “I think I’ve got a couple shots working pretty well off the tee and into the greens, and it’s just about not making too many mistakes.
The morning work of Steele and Davis kept them alone atop the leaderboard the rest of the day — barely.
Eight players were tied for third at 5 under, including first-round leader Collin Morikawa who birdied his last hole today to card even-par 70.
Cameron Smith, Keegan Bradley, Russell Knox, Ryan Palmer, Bo Hoag, Sam Ryder and Rob Oppenheim all were also a shot back at 5-under.
Brian Harman, Ted Potter, Jr., Andrew Putnam and Hudson Swafford were all an additional stroke back at 4-under.
Smith, Knox, Oppenheim and Hoag are tied for low round of the day with a 5-under 65.
Ten golfers who played in the morning were within two shots of the lead.
Defending champion Matt Kuchar shot a 3-over 73 and at 2-over for the tourney was in jeopardy of missing the cut, which was projected at 1 over.
Parker McLachlin of Honolulu, playing in the afternoon, faces that same fate. He shot 2-under 68 and was tied with Kuchar at 2 over for the first two rounds.
Eric Dugas, one of three other golfers also with local ties, shot a 78 to finish at 9-over-149 over two days.
Tyler Ota shot a 2-over 72 to finish at 6 over and Jared Sawada followed Thursday’s 74 with a 73 to finish 7 over.
Justin Thomas, who won the Sentry Tournament of Champions on Sunday on Maui, shot a 1-over 71 and missed the cut at 3 over.