KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Jordan Spieth chipped in for eagle and closed with a birdie that dropped on the last turn. It gave him a 9-under 64 for a four-shot lead Friday in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
The first PGA Tour event of the year feels a lot like last year. Spieth is making putts. Spieth is chipping in. And everything seems to go his way, like the putt on the final hole that left him smiling.
He was at 16-under 130, four shots clear of Kevin Kisner (65), Fabian Gomez (66) and Patrick Reed (69).
Spieth seized control with a chip-in for eagle on the par-5 ninth, and he began to pull away with three straight birdies on the back nine. Two of those birdies were inside 3 feet.
SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN
GAUTENG, South Africa (AP) — South Africans Branden Grace and Keith Horne shared the South African Open lead when second-round play was suspended because of the threat of lightning.
Grace and Horne were 8 under at Glendower Golf Club. Grace had seven holes left, and Horne shot a 3-under 69. South Africa’s Jbe Kruger was 7 under after a 70.