Sony Open 2023 Leaderboard Results: Jordan Spieth Misses After Sharing Round 1 Lead

Sony Open 2023 Leaderboard Results: Jordan Spieth Misses After Sharing Round 1 Lead

Sony Open 2023 Leaderboard Results: Jordan Spieth Misses After Sharing Round 1 Lead

The first-round leader in a golf tournament tends to fade from time to time, but it’s not often that he misses a weekend entirely. This is exactly what happened to Jordan Spieth at the 2023 Sony Open. After sharing the lead with Chris Kirk and Taylor Montgomery in round 1 with 6 under 64, Spieith signed with 5 over 75 in his second round. Missing a one-punch cut, Spieth essentially predicted his own downfall after the first round.

“I believe I can shoot 5 or 6 under every day here,” Spieth said on Thursday. “I’m not saying that means it’s going to happen, but there are other times when I’ve sat there and thought, ‘How am I going to keep it all together,’ to be honest. Seriously”.

He couldn’t keep it together enough on Friday, and in the process joined the shortlist of players who fell off the top of the leaderboard in a single round. Spieth became the tenth man since 2010 (and the second in the last four years) to miss the cut after leading in the first round. As a result, he will take his RV back to the continental United States, where he will test it next.

In his place, Chris Kirk appeared as the solo leader at the 36-hole mark. Standing at 11 under, the former Georgia Bulldog has a slight advantage over JJ Spaun and Taylor Montgomery at 10 under. With many unproven players in pursuit, a life-changing opportunity has arisen at Waialae Country Club to step into the winner’s circle.


1. Chris Kirk (-11)

Three years ago, Kirk was struggling to get a job at the Sony Open. Needing a T3 finish or better, Kirk managed to birdie on the 72nd hole to secure a T2 score and keep his PGA Tour card. With a whole new outlook on life, Kirk is now able to win his first Tour de France title in 2,791 days.

“I don’t know if it helps or not, but it definitely helps when I’m done playing,” Kirk said of finding peace in his game. “I am able to not judge myself for who I am as a professional golfer. I am able to have my life as a person and my life as a professional golfer are two completely independent things.

“I can wake up every day and know that I’m doing the right thing, that I’m working hard, that I love my family and do what’s best for them, and that all of that really matters,” he continued. “Whether you’re shooting a 65 or a 75 – you know 65s are way cooler, I’m not going to lie – but it just puts everything in perspective.”

Other rivals

T2. Taylor Montgomery, JJ Spaun (-10)

T4. Hayden Buckley, David Lipsky (-9)

T6. Ben Taylor, Austin Eckroat, S. H. Kim (-8)

T9. Denny McCarthy, Stephan Jaegar, JT Poston, Brendon Todd, Ben Griffin, Maverick McNealy (-7)

There was only one first-time winner in the first 10 events of the 2022-23 PGA Tour season: Adam Svensson at the RSM Classic. With the likes of Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy and Tom Kim winning so far, the lack of big names this weekend will be the perfect opportunity for the budding star to change the trajectory of his career.

The top 15 currently has 10 riders without a win, all of whom will try to lift their first trophy. Winning the PGA Tour isn’t easy, and Rookie of the Year leader Taylor Montgomery provided context on how good these guys really are in a hilariously self-deprecating way after round two.

“I would say yesterday’s round [was more enjoyable] just because, I mean, I felt like I hit the irons really well,” said Montgomery. “Then I looked at the strokes taken and I was almost dead. I wonder how good these damn guys are with their irons? How I don’t know. Just an area I really want to improve…like I was in the 80th and felt like I was hitting the iron amazingly.”

South Korean stars sent packing earlier

While Spieth’s death was more public and a bit of a rollercoaster to say the least, he wasn’t the only favorite to fall short of expectations. The two men who took the top two spots on the odds board earlier in the week will also be away for the weekend. Young superstars Tom Kim and Sungjae Im were unable to spin the ball at Waialae CC and eventually missed the cut on their second start of the new year.

For Kim, this is the first missed cut since the PGA Championship last May, and the first missed cut as a full-time member of the PGA Tour. As for Im, this is only the fourth missed cut in the last 25 world starts. Both players will be looking to bounce back quickly next week at The American Express in Palm Springs.

Sony Open 2023 updated odds and tips

Odds by Caesars Sportsbook

  • Taylor Montgomery: 4-1
  • Chris Kirk: 9/2
  • JJ Spaun: 11/2
  • Hayden Buckley: 12-1
  • David Lipski: 16-1
  • JT Poston: 18-1
  • Maverick McNealy: 22-1
  • Denny McCarthy: 30-1
  • SH Kim: 35-1
  • Brandon Todd: 35-1
  • Ben Taylor: 35-1
  • Stephan Jaegar: 35-1

Surely there is some unknown with the names mentioned above. Only Kirk, Spaun, Poston and Todd had previously won on the PGA Tour, two of those names piqued my interest. I’ve been interested in Spaun since the beginning of the week, and had it not been for a par 5-9 tee shot, he would have been leading this golf tournament. It remains a fair price – as does the Poston, who looks to be in shape to make a weekend run with four strokes back.

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