Stuard leads by 1 at Sony Open

The Sports NetworkJanuary 9, 2014 

Honolulu, HI (SportsNetwork.com) - Brian Stuard carded his second straight 5- under 65 on Friday and moved one stroke clear of the field after two rounds of the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Stuard finished 36 holes at 10-under-par 130. This is the first time he has led after any round on the PGA Tour.

"I think it's something to do with the greens. I feel comfortable on the greens," said Stuard, who has seven straight rounds in the 60s at Waialae. "I feel like I read them pretty well and feel like I'm able to make some putts."

Marc Leishman fired a 6-under 64 and moved into a share of second place at minus-9. He was joined there by Hideto Tanihara, who posted a 65 in round two. Harris English, a two-time winner last year, carded his second 66 in as many days and is alone in fourth at 8-under-par 132.

Masters champion Adam Scott carded a 4-under 66 and climbed into a tie for fifth at minus-7. Scott was joined in fifth place by Chris Stroud (65), Chris Kirk (69), Jimmy Walker (67), Sang-Moon Bae (70) and Jason Kokrak (67).

Stuard started his round with five straight pars from the 10th. He got on the board with a 14-foot birdie putt on No. 15. At the 17th, Stuard gave that shot back.

His tee ball came up short of the green and he chipped to eight feet. Stuard 2-putted for bogey to slip back to minus-5. He bounced back with a 15-foot birdie effort on the 18th.

Around the turn, Stuard started the front side with four pars in a row. He drained a 9-foot birdie effort at the fifth and made it two straight birdies as his 12-footer for birdie on No. 6 found the bottom of the cup.

Stuard parred his next two holes to head to the ninth, his last, at minus-8. His second shot to the par-5 stopped within three feet of the hole and he kicked in his short eagle putt to grab the second-round lead.

"I played pretty well. Didn't start off very good, but I played pretty good on my last nine, the front nine," Stuard admitted. "I enjoy the layout. It's nice to have to hit some shots off the tee, and I enjoy doing that. And like I said, something about the greens that I feel good about."

Leishman parred his first four holes before sinking a 10-foot birdie try on No. 5. He gave that stroke right back as he 3-putted for bogey on the sixth.

The Australian birdied the seventh from 13 feet out, then converted an eagle effort on the ninth from a similar length to make the turn at minus-6.

Leishman converted back-to-back birdie efforts at 10 and 11. He moved to minus-9 with a 23-foot birdie putt at the 14th. Leishman parred the final four holes to end one back.

"It was a good day. I played reasonably well, probably didn't hit as many fairways as I would have liked to, but as long as you're missing it in the right spot around here, it's playable," said Leishman, the 2012 Travelers Championship winner. "I had the putter working really well. Just had the one three-putt on No. 6, so that was probably the only blemish on the card for the day, and managed to hole a few good birdie putts."

Tanihara traded a birdie for a bogey from the first. After four pars in a row, he made back-to-back birdie effort from 31 and 24 feet out respectively. He made it three in a row with a 2-putt birdie on No. 9.

On the back nine, Tanihara birdied the 14th from nine feet out and he closed with another 9-footer for birdie at the last.

James Hahn holed his second shot at the par-5 ninth for a rare double-eagle. It was the second of his career as he also had one on the Web.com Tour. He shot 68 and is tied for 15th at 5-under-par 135.

NOTES: Stuard is a two-time runner up at Mayakoba ... Tim Clark, last year's runner-up, withdrew during the second round due to an elbow injury ... Tee times for the third round were moved up to 12:50-3 p.m. (ET) in an effort to beat inclement weather later in the day ... The cut line fell at 1-under-par 139 with 79 players moving on to the weekend ... Among those that missed the cut were last week's runner-up Jordan Spieth, 2005 winner Vijay Singh, two- time runner-up Rory Sabbatini and Kenny Perry.

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