HONOLULU – Brian Stuard had his fourth straight round of 65 at the Sony Open. Too bad it was only Friday.
Stuard completed his second round with a hybrid 3-iron into 2 feet for eagle on the par-5 ninth hole for a 5-under 65. That gave him a one-shot lead over Marc Leishman of Australia among those who played early on another gorgeous day off the shores of Oahu.
Stuard was at 10-under 130.
He had a 65-65 weekend at Waialae last year to tie for fifth, his best finish on tour besides the opposite-field events. This was his seventh straight round in the 60s at Waialae dating to his first trip in 2010.
“I think it’s something to do with the greens,” Stuard said. “I feel comfortable on the greens. I feel like I read them pretty well and I’m able to make putts.”
Hideto Tanihara moved within one stroke of the lead in a share of second place after firing a 5-under-par 65.
“My shots weren’t that good, but I was saved by my putts,” said Tanihara. “It feels good (to be one stroke back). I want to keep the same level of emotion that I’ve played at over these two days (going into the weekend).”
Ryuji Imada, who teed off in 12th, and Toshinori Muto both shot 69s to advance to the weekend rounds on 4 under and 1 under, respectively.
Ryo Ishikawa, whose round featured one eagle and a double bogey, failed to make the cut.