KAPALUA, Hawaii — Jordan Spieth chipped in for eagle and ended his day with a birdie that dropped on the last turn. It gave him 9-under 64 for a four-shot lead in the Tournament of Champions on Friday.
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.
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.
ALLENBY BACK: Robert Allenby is returning to the Sony Open next week in Hawaii and hopeful of a better outcome, on and off the course. Allenby said he still doesn't know what happened last year the night he missed the cut, a bizarre tale that left him with a bloodied scrape on his forehead and a black eye. The story gained traction because of a photo he posted to Facebook to let his children know what had happened. He was robbed of his credit cards and cellphone. Allenby first said he was robbed, kidnapped, beaten and dumped in a park. When the account was disputed by homeless people in the park, Allenby said he was only repeating what he was told.
NEW YEAR'S INVITATIONAL: Jimmy Jones rode his second-round 66 to grab the lead in the Championship Division at St. Petersburg Country Club. The Florida Southern sophomore and Freedom High graduate was at 136, one ahead of Joey Lane (68) and two ahead of Jake Kevorkian (67) and Joe Alfieri (69). Today's third-round start time has been moved to 10 a.m. due to a forecast of afternoon rain.