Sony Open 2023 standings, scores: Jordan Spieth misses cut after sharing first-round lead

Sony Open 2023 standings, scores: Jordan Spieth misses cut after sharing first-round lead

Sony Open 2023 standings, scores: Jordan Spieth misses cut after sharing first-round lead

The first-round leader of a golf tournament tends to fade from time to time, but it’s rare to completely miss the weekend. That’s exactly what happened to Jordan Spieth at the Sony Open 2023. After sharing the lead with Chris Kirk and Taylor Montgomery in the first round with a 6-under 64, Spieith signed for a 5-over 75 at his second turn. Missing the cut in one fell swoop, Spieth essentially predicted his own demise after the first round.

“I believe I can shoot 5 or 6 under every day here,” Spieth said Thursday. “I don’t mean it’s going to happen, but there are other times I’d be sitting there thinking, ‘How can I hold this shit up’, to be honest. Seriously.”

He couldn’t keep it together enough on Friday and in doing so joined a short list of players only to drop off the top of the leaderboard in one round. Spieth became the 10th man since 2010 (and the second in the last four years) to miss the cut after holding the first-lap lead. As a result, he will bring his motorhome back to the continental United States where he will then drive it.

In his place, Chris Kirk became the solo leader at the 36-hole mark. Standing at 11 under, the former Georgia Bulldog holds a narrow lead over JJ Spaun and Taylor Montgomery at 10 under. With a number of unproven players in the chasing pack, a life-changing opportunity to enter the winner’s circle has presented itself at Waialae Country Club.

The leader

1. Chris Kirk (-11)

Three years ago, Kirk was fighting for his job at the Sony Open. Needing a T3 finish or better, Kirk delivered in the clutch by birdie on the 72nd hole to secure a T2 result and retain his PGA Tour card. With a whole new outlook on life, Kirk is now poised to clinch his first Tour 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’m able to not judge myself for who I am as a as a professional golfer, I’m able to have my life as a person and my life as a professional golfer are two completely separate things.

“I’m able to wake up every day and know that I’m doing the right things, working hard, loving my family and doing my best for them and that all of that really matters,” he said. he continued. “Whether you shoot in 65 or 75 – you know 65 is a lot more fun, I’m not going to lie – but it puts everything in the right perspective.”

Other suitors

T2. Taylor Montgomery, JJ Spaun (-10)

T4. Hayden Buckley, David Lipsky (-9)

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

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

In the first 10 events of the 2022-23 PGA Tour season, there has only been one first-time winner: Adam Svensson at the RSM Classic. With titans like Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy and Tom Kim all winners so far, the lack of big names this weekend will present a golden chance for a budding star to change the trajectory of his career.

There are currently 10 winless competitors in the top 15, all of whom will be looking to claim their first trophy. Winning on the PGA Tour isn’t easy, and Rookie of the Year head runner Taylor Montgomery put into context just how good these guys really are in a fun, self-deprecating way after his second turn.

“I would say yesterday’s round [was more enjoyable] just because, I mean, I felt like I hit my irons really well,” Montgomery said. “Then I looked at the shots won and I was even dead. I’m thinking, how good are these damn guys with their irons? Like I don’t know. Just one area I really want to improve…like I think I was 80th and felt like I hit my irons awesome.”

South Korean stars packed their bags early

While Spieth’s demise was more public and a bit of a roller coaster ride, to say the least, he wasn’t the only frontrunner to fall short of expectations. The two men who occupied the top two spots in the odds table to start the week won’t be around for the weekend either. Young superstars Tom Kim and Sungjae Im failed to get the ball rolling at Waialae CC and ultimately missed the cut on their second starts of the new year.

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

2023 Sony Open updated odds and picks

Odds via Caesars Sportsbook

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

There are certainly strangers with the names listed above. Only Kirk, Spaun, Poston and Todd have ever won on the PGA Tour, two of those names pique my interest. I’ve been obsessed with Spaun since the start of the week, and if not for an errant tee shot on the par-5 9th, he would be leading this golf tournament. He remains a fair price – as does Poston, who appears to be in shape to make a weekend from four strokes back.

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