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

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In what could have been a down week for the PGA Tour, a superstar emerged on the first day of the Sony Open and is sharing the lead for the second round on Friday.

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

Let’s take a look at his tour along with what to expect the rest of the week.

The leaders

T1. Jordan Spieth, Chris Kirk, Taylor Montgomery (-6): Warning: This is going to be a very Spieth-heavy article (for obvious reasons). The good news for the Golden Child is that he is leading a golf tournament. The bad news is that he almost had to lead the field in putting to do that. Spieth almost had a clean card on Thursday but bogeyed the par-4 13th hole. He said after his round that the putter is starting to feel good again.

“Half of my putts today were like, ‘Wow, I knew exactly where that was going.’ Some of them went in and some of them didn’t, and the others I didn’t and I did,” Spieth said. “It’s just — but I know once I get a certain feel through the ball I can beat the field. I can be No. 1 in strokes gained get it for the week because I know what that feels like.

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

The numbers agree. Spieth’s 50-round moving average in strokes gained pace has exceeded the PGA Tour average (0.0 SG) for the first time since last year’s Texas Open.

I’m not sure if Spieth has anything to prove to anyone as he has already won three majors and 13 times before turning 30. in my mind back to someone who could be the No. 1 in the world by the end of the year. A long way to go, and he needs to hit a little better than he did today, but something is definitely brewing.

Other contestants

T4. Harris English, Denny McCarthy, Brendon Todd, David Lipsky, Rory Sabbatini (-5)

T11. Stewart Cink, KJ Choi, Cam Davis (-4)

We could talk about English (which we will below), but how about Cink and Choi (combined age 101) in the mix at this event! They both shot 66s and both did it by gaining strokes in every statistical category, which is amazing.

Also, Sabbatini had the script on Thursday all the time.

Statement(s) of the day

Spieth had some gems after his 64. The first was about where his game is compared to where it has been in recent years.

“I believe I can shoot 5 or 6 under every day out here,” Spieth said. “Not to say that means it will happen, but there are other times I’d be sitting there going, ‘How am I going to keep this shit together,’ to be honest. Seriously.”

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

The second man was very flexible after this installment about his game and the revelation that he and his family recently bought an RV to travel around to PGA Tour events.

Q: When was the last time you flew in coach?

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

Yes, sure, sure.

Harris reappears

Harris English was out for much of 2022 with an injury, and has clearly had a difficult time bouncing back. In 15 starts since returning last June, English has just one top 10 finish (September’s Fortinet Championship). His 65 in Round 1 marked just the third time he had at least 4.4 shots on the field in one round since the summer of 2021. time so hopefully this is the start of a good run for him there in 2023.

2023 Sony Open odds and picks updated

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

This is a solid board. I’m not particularly fond of anyone on him, but if you forced me to pick, I think Davis at 20-1 is pretty interesting. He’s just two back and led the field from tee to green on Thursday. A big year from him wouldn’t be surprising at all, and it’s pretty easy to see – even if his game doesn’t seem to fit Waialae perfectly – to expect him to start rolling this weekend .

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