Brian Harman's game stayed with him from one island to the next in Hawaii as he made eagle on his last hole for a 7-under 63 and the lead after two rounds of the Sony Open.
Kirk played bogey-free on a gorgeous day along the shores just up the road from Waikiki Beach and had a one-shot lead over Vaughn Taylor, Kyle Stanley and Talor Gooch among the early starters at Waialae Country Club.
Spieth hit four trees with four shots on the par-4 eighth hole - his 17th of the round - an episode that began with his tee shot caroming off a trunk and into a ditch. He picked up an unlikely birdie on the 13th from the fairway bunker by making a 25-foot putt, and he made a 20-foot birdie on the next hole.
Dry weather, a fast course and the trades allowed a rarity for, who hit wedge into the green on the 480-yard opening hole.
The putt looked good all the way, though it had some pace. The 5-foot-11 junior ranks fifth in the Sun Belt in scoring, fifth in assists, second in field-goal percentage (.559) and fifth in assist to turnover ratio (1.9). "Michael said 6", Spieth said.
The cut was at 2-under 138.
He's also aiming to put himself in line for berth on the U.S. team for the Ryder Cup in France, after missing out on a Presidents Cup spot past year. He played the Zurich Classic, a two-man team event, with Johnson Wagner and used Wagner's Titleist golf ball during the alternate-shot portion. The change wasn't so much about distance as the way he was able to control the trajectory of the ball, especially in the wind. "That's just a personal thing for me". I felt like I was a better ball-striker when I was a kid.
Harman played in the final group at Kapalua last week and tied for third in a final round in which no one had much of a chance against Dustin Johnson. Peterson is on a medical exemption and has eight tournaments to earn $350,000 to remain on the PGA Tour.
He has a 3-month-old son, one reason he chose to take the entire fall off before resuming his bid to keep his card. "I really had no expectations whether I was going to play good or bad after having some time off". "I've never been in a better spot lifestyle-wise than I am right now, so that probably has a lot to do with it".
The award is presented annually to the nation's top Division I mid-major player and will be announced March 31 at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Event in San Antonio, site of the men's NCAA Basketball Championship. If I do, great. "I'm just out here free-wheeling".