Sony Open 2023 Leaderboard Results: Jordan Spieth Shares Lead with Chris Kirk, Taylor Montgomery in Hawaii

Sony Open 2023 Leaderboard Results: Jordan Spieth Shares Lead with Chris Kirk, Taylor Montgomery in Hawaii

Sony Open 2023 Leaderboard Results: Jordan Spieth Shares Lead with Chris Kirk, Taylor Montgomery in Hawaii

In what could have been a disappointing week for the PGA Tour, the superstar emerged on day one of the Sony Open and shares the lead in Friday’s second round.

Jordan Spieth shot 64 at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu on Thursday and is locked in with Chris Kirk and Taylor Montgomery atop the leaderboard, one ahead of a group of six other golfers after play was suspended due to darkness. Although Spieth had previously won the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, he had never won that particular event. A win here, however, could herald a monstrous 2023 for the three-time major winner.

Let’s take a look at his round along with what we can expect for the rest of the week.

Leaders

T1. Jordan Spieth, Chris Kirk, Taylor Montgomery (-6): Warning: This is going to be a very heavy Spieth article (for obvious reasons). The good news for the Golden Child is that he is running a golf tournament. The bad news is that he almost had to lead the way in this field. Spieth almost had a perfectly clean slate on Thursday, only to be spoiled by a bogey on the 13th hole par-4. He said after his round that the putter was starting to feel good again.

“Half of my putts today were, ‘Wow, I knew exactly where this was going.’ Some of them went in and some didn’t, and others I didn’t make and some I created,” Spieth said. “It’s just … but I know that once I get to a certain feel for the ball, I can beat the pitch. I can be #1 in strokes in a week because I know what it feels like.

“So I’m just trying to achieve that. I’m getting there and that’s exciting.”

The numbers match. Spieth’s 50-inning moving average in putts is above the PGA Tour average (0.0 SG) for the first time since last year’s Texas Open.

I’m not sure Spieth has anything to prove to anyone considering he’s already won three majors and 13 times before turning 30. In my mind back to someone who could be the No.1 player in the world by the end of the year. He’s got a long way to go and he needs to hit a little better than today, but something is definitely up.

other candidates

T4. Harris English, Denny McCarthy, Brendon Todd, David Lipsky, Rory Sabbatini (-5)

T11. Stewart Cink, KJ Choi, Cam Davis (-4)

We could talk English (which we do below), but how about Cink and Choi (101 years old in total) in the mix at this event! They both hit 66s and both did so, scoring strikes in every statistical category, which is remarkable.

Also Sabbatini’s scripts on Thursday were all time.

Quote(s) of the day

Spieth had some gems after his 64 years. The first was about where his game is compared to where it has been in recent years.

“I believe I can shoot 5 or 6 under every day here,” Spieth said. “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”.

It is hard to find a better summary of his entire career.

The second was a great flex after this quote about his game and the discovery that he and his family had recently purchased a RV to travel to PGA Tour events.

Q: When was the last time you traveled by coach?

Spieth: “On the 27th – oh coach, sorry, no… I thought you said an ad.”

Sure, sure, sure.

Harris English is back

Harris English has been out for much of 2022 due to injury and it is clear he has struggled to return to action. In 15 starts since returning last June, English has only made the top 10 once (September’s Fortinet Championship). His 65 points in Round 1 is only the third time he has scored at least 4.4 strikes on the court in a single inning since the summer of 2021. English said after his round that this is as close to 100% as he has felt in a long time, so hopefully this is the start of a good run for him in 2023.

Sony Open 2023 updated odds and tips

  • Jordan Spieth: 4-1
  • Taylor Montgomery: 8-1
  • Harris English: 14-1
  • Chris Kirk: 18-1
  • Denny McCarthy: 20-1
  • Cam Davis: 20-1

This is a hard board. I don’t particularly love anyone, but if you forced me to choose, I think Davis at 20-1 is really interesting. He’s just two behind and took the pitch from tee to green on Thursday. A big year from him wouldn’t come as a surprise at all, and it’s very easy to imagine – even if his game is clearly not a perfect match for Waialae – to imagine how things will start to roll this weekend.

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