Sony Open 2023 standings, scores: Jordan Spieth shares lead with Chris Kirk, Taylor Montgomery in Hawaii

Sony Open 2023 standings, scores: Jordan Spieth shares lead with Chris Kirk, Taylor Montgomery in Hawaii

Sony Open 2023 standings, scores: Jordan Spieth shares lead with Chris Kirk, Taylor Montgomery in Hawaii

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

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

Let’s take a look at his round as well as what to expect the rest of the week.

The leaders

T1. Jordan Spieth, Chris Kirk, Taylor Montgomery (-6): Warning: This article is going to be very heavy on Spieth (for obvious reasons). The good news for the Golden Child is that he runs a golf tournament. The bad news is that he almost needed to lead the pack to do it. Spieth nearly had a perfectly clean card on Thursday, only sullying it with a bogey on the par-4 13th hole. He said after his round that the putter was starting to feel good again.

“Half my putts today were like, ‘Wow, I knew exactly where this was going.’ Some of them got in and some of them didn’t, and some of them I didn’t and some I did,” Spieth said. “It’s fair – but I know that once I have some feeling through the ball I can beat the pitch. I can be No. 1 in strokes gained for the week because I know what that’s like. does.

“So I’m just trying to get there. It’s getting there, and it’s exciting.”

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

I’m not sure Spieth has anything to prove to anyone considering he’s already won three majors and 13 times before he turned 30. But a win here and a bit of momentum in a long stretch of golf leading up to the Masters would certainly elevate him. in my mind to someone who could conceivably be the No. 1 player in the world by the end of the year. A long way to go, and he has to hit it a little better than he did today, but something is definitely afoot.

Other suitors

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 combined) in the mix for this event! Both shot 66s and both did so while earning shots in every statistical category, which is remarkable.

Plus, Sabbatini’s script on Thursday was all-time.

Quotes of the day

Spieth had some gems after turning 64. The first concerned the situation of his game compared to what it has been in recent years.

“I believe I can shoot 5 or 6 under every day here,” Spieth said. “That’s not to say it’s going to happen, but there are other times I’d be sitting there thinking ‘How do I hold this shit together’, to be honest. Seriously.”

I can’t think of a better way to sum up his entire career.

The second was a big flex following that quote about his game and the revelation that he and his family recently bought an RV to drive to PGA Tour events.

Q: When was the last time you flew as a trainer?

Spieth: “The 27th — oh, Coach, sorry, no. …I thought you said commercial.”

Of course, of course.

Harris English resurfaces

Harris English has been out for much of 2022 with injury, and it’s clear he’s struggled to bounce back. In 15 starts since his return last June, the Englishman has only one top 10 (the Fortinet Championship in September). His 65 in round 1 marked only the third time he had gained at least 4.4 shots from the field in a single round since the summer of 2021. The Englishman said after his round that it was this close to 100 % that he had felt it for a long time. time so hopefully this is the start of a great run for him in 2023.

2023 Sony Open updated odds and picks

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

It’s a hard board. I don’t like anyone in particular, but if you picked me, I think Davis at 20-1 is really interesting. He is only two backs and led the pack from the start to the green on Thursday. A great year on his part wouldn’t come as a surprise at all, and it’s very easy to imagine – even if his game doesn’t seem to match Waialae perfectly – to imagine him starting to roll this weekend.

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