Brian Harman fired a 7-under 63 on Friday at Waialae Country Club and will take a three-shot lead into the weekend at the Sony Open.
“I’m just going to show up tomorrow and try to hit the first tee shot best you can and go from there. There’s no magic formula. There’s no reason to change. I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing,” said Harman, who has four-straight top 10 finishes.
The 30-year old Georgian, who started his second round on the back, finished with one bogey, six birdies, and a final-hole eagle, en route to the day’s low round.
Three back was first-round co-leader Zach Johnson, who posted a 3-under 67.
The two-time major champion got off to a slow start and was even-par through 15 holes (two birdies against two bogeys), but closed with a birdie and eagle over the final three holes to reach 10 under.
“Really solid again and excited about the direction of my game. So all you can ask for is a chance on the weekend, and I feel like my game’s in a position to make a move,” said Johnson, who is seeking his first win since the 2015 British Open.
Tied for second place, alongside Johnson, were John Peterson (64), Talor Gooch (66), Chris Kirk (67), and Tom Hoge (65).
A group of three players were deadlocked one further back at 9 under, including Patton Kizzire (64), Kyle Stanley (67), and Ollie Schniederjans (65).
Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele were tied for 10th at 8 under, after matching 6-under 64s, each tallying a round of seven birdies and one bogey.
TOP 10: ROUND 2
1 Brian Harman -13
2 Zach Johnson -10
2 John Peterson -10
2 Tom Hoge -10
2 Chris Kirk -10
2 Talor Gooch -10
6 Patton Kizzire -9
6 Ollie Schniederjans -9
6 Kyle Stanley -9
10 Kevin Kisner -8
10 Xander Schauffele -8
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: ROUND 2
“Yeah, I was just in position a couple more times today. Probably made a couple longer putts yesterday, but was in position a little more consistent today, drove it really well. I was able to hit some iron shots in there pretty close and make a few putts.”
– Brian Harman
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