HONOLULU – 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.
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. On a far different course at Waialae, he had a stretch of three straight birdies in Friday's second round and closed with a 7-iron to 15 feet for eagle on the par-5 ninth.
Harman was at 13-under 127, three shots ahead of Zach Johnson (67), John Peterson (64) Tom Hoge (65) and first-round co-leader Chris Kirk (67), who play in the afternoon.
Defending champion Justin Thomas salvaged an otherwise pedestrian round with a birdie-birdie-eagle finish for a 67. He was seven behind. Harman surged ahead in the morning with two quick birdies on the back nine, made the turn in 32 and ran off three straight birdies early on the front nine. After dropping his lone shot from a bunker on the par-3 seventh, Harman hit 7-iron from 172 yards to 15 feet on the par-5 ninth for a closing eagle.
“I'm making putts, but I'm also putting myself in position to make those putts,” he said. “I'm getting a bunch of looks. I'm not making everything I'm looking at, but I'm hitting a lot of good putts and made a few. I'm just going to show up tomorrow and try to hit the first tee shot best you can and go from there.”
EUROPEAN: In Johannesburg, Chris Paisley and Adrien Saddier opened up a big lead after two rounds of the South African Open as they moved to 13 under par and four shots clear of their nearest challengers.
England's Paisley hit a 7-under 65 to move up from second overnight. France's Saddier had the round of the day at Glendower Golf Club, a blistering, course record-equaling 63 with an eagle, seven birdies and no bogeys.
Both Paisley and Saddier are seeking a maiden European Tour title.