Thursday, May 24, 2018

Stuard leads PGA event in Hawaii

HONOLULU — Fans took home plenty of memories Friday in the Sony Open, the least of which was Brian Stuard leading with his fourth straight round of 65 at Waialae dating to last year.

Stuard finished the second round with a hybrid into 2 feet for eagle, giving him a one-shot lead at 10-under 130 in the PGA Tour event over Marc Leishman of Australia and Hideto Tanihara of Japan.

The best stuff came later.

Tour funnyman James Hahn tried (and failed) to chest-bump his caddie after golf's rarest shot — an albatross — when he holed out from 191 yards with a 6-iron on the par-5 ninth hole. "That was a little spontaneous, but I forgot that — I've got to be politically correct, right? — but white men can't jump," said Hahn, a South Korean-born Cal grad. "So I got a little air, he didn't."

Hahn was 5-under after 68.

And surf champion Kelly Slater was in the gallery — to watch a caddie. Fellow surfer Benji Weatherley is on the bag this week for Adam Scott.

Another albatross: Joost Luiten had 2 on the par-5 No. 10, holing a 7-iron from 248 yards on the way to 5-under 67 and a share of the second-round lead with Louis Oosthuizen and Tommy Fleetwood at 137 at the Volvo Golf Champions European Tour event in Durban, South Africa.

Rose injury: U.S. Open champ Justin Rose has tendinitis in his right shoulder and will be out until February, said Mark Steinberg, his agent at Excel Sports.

New Year's Invitational: Today's round at the St. Petersburg Country Club was moved up; it will start in a shotgun format at 10 a.m. because of the threat of afternoon rain.