Kapalua, Hawaii — Marc Leishman played bogey-free and was tied for a lead in a Sentry Tournament of Champions. Just don’t get a thought this is another instance of an Australian doing good during Kapalua since he stayed pointy Down Under in December.
Leishman two-putted for birdie on a par-5 18th for a 4-under 69, giving him a share of a lead with Brian Harman (68) going into a weekend on a breezy Plantation Course with 15 players distant by 5 shots.
Stuart Appleby once won 3 true years during Kapalua. Geoff Ogilvy is a final actor to win back-to-back. Both arrived in Maui carrying competed in possibly a Australian Masters, Australian Open or Australian PGA. Appleby did all 3 one year.
He’s played one time in a final 10 weeks. Well, one tournament, anyway.
“I went to Topgolf a integrate of weeks ago,” Leishman said.
It was too cold to use during his home in Virginia Beach, so he headed to a multi-tiered golf formidable where points are scored for attack during several targets, all while carrying a few beers and listening to live entertainment. Thankfully, he didn’t take his debate bag, usually a half-dozen clubs in a little lift bag.
“I scored all right,” he said. “I remember a initial time we went there, we didn’t comprehend there was a leaderboard during a front desk. we scored unequivocally high, and afterwards all of a remarkable all a people spin around and I’m carrying a integrate of beers, usually carrying fun.”
One enthusiast pronounced to him, “You’re flattering good with a tools.”
He has been flattering good in breezy conditions during Kapalua. Leishman didn’t make as many birdies as he would have liked. His usually one on a standard 5s was a final hole. Even so, he assimilated Harman during 10-under 136 going into a weekend of this winners-only event.
Harman came on clever on a behind nine, and picked adult his third birdie in doubtful fashion. He was down a high slope right of a immature on a par-5 15th, and his initial chip hardly reached a immature and rolled behind down a hill. He chipped that one in for birdie, and afterwards picked adult his fifth birdie of a behind 9 on a 18th.
Dustin Johnson, with some-more knowledge than anyone during Kapalua, overcame a indolent start for a 68 and was one shot behind, creation him maybe a strongest jeopardy going into a final dual rounds.
Johnson is creation his eighth coming during a Tournament of Champions. No one else in a 34-man margin has played some-more 3 times. His 68 was a 19th time in 29 rounds that a world’s No. 1 actor has shot in a 60s, and he has nonetheless to have a spin over par.
This was a challenge, during slightest early.
The breeze laid down on his shot into No. 3, and it went prolonged into feathery rough, withdrawal him a downhill, downwind putt with a grain. He chipped that 30 feet by and done bogey. On a subsequent hole, he held a breeze and done another bogey. On a par-5 fifth, he had a 7-iron for his second shot and done par.
And afterwards he done 7 birdies over a final 14 holes to get within one shot of a lead.
Pat Perez and Chris Stroud any shot 66, while Jhonattan Vegas had a 70. They were dual shots behind.
Back in a brew was Jordan Spieth, who non-stop with a 75. Spieth didn’t have a lot going his approach early with a bad bar preference on a par-3 second hole and one that was even worse on a par-5 fifth. Spieth went into a jeopardy with this second shot and took spook on a second-easiest scoring hole during Kapalua.
And afterwards he couldn’t miss.
He has been operative on his putting, perplexing to get it behind to 2015 standards, and he walked in an 18-footer during No. 6 and knew his 12-footer during No. 8 was going to tumble even before he stroked a putt.
“That’s a feeling we haven’t had in utterly a while with a putter,” he said. “So a large step forward. A lot of swell today.”
Spieth chipped in for eagle from 70 feet on No. 9 and shot 66 to get within 5 shots of a lead.
Defending champion Justin Thomas took a step back. He strike one too many careless shots and had a 41 on a behind 9 for a 75, dropping him 10 shots out of a lead.
The biggest plea was putting in a gusts, generally on a greens high on a mountain that are exposed.
“You’ve got grain, break, speed, wind. Very difficult,” Perez said. “I had difficulty with all of them yesterday. Today, we was means to see some-more of a break. we was means to get a speed and a breeze all together. It took me a full day. But it was good.”