Jordan Spieth makes a not-so-big story, Chris Kirk's 2,791-day drought and more from the second round of the Sony Open

Jordan Spieth makes a not-so-big story, Chris Kirk’s 2,791-day drought and more from the second round of the Sony Open

JJ Spaun may never tuck his shirt back in.

After making waves in the golf world last week at the Sentry Tournament of Champions with her choice of wardrobe, Spaun kept the atmosphere relaxed at Waialae Country Club on Friday during the second round of the Sony Open.

Just days after finishing T-5 on the Plantation Course, Spaun is in position to challenge for his second career PGA Tour victory (his first being the 2022 Valero Texas Open). He’s tied with Taylor Montgomery for second, one shot behind 36-hole leader Chris Kirk.

Montgomery has continued his big game since late 2022, when he finished in the top 20 in six of seven starts during the final season. In fact, of all the players on the Tour, he is the lowest par so far this season (83 under par).

If you missed the action on Friday night, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about the second round of the Sony Open.

Chris Kirk looks to end the monster drought

Chris Kirk’s last victory on the PGA Tour was 2,791 days (almost eight years) ago. He is looking to end that drought this weekend.

Thanks to rounds of 64-65, aided by just two bogeys in 36 holes, Kirk maintains the outright lead with two days remaining.

“I’ve been feeling good about how my swing has been this week. I’ve handled the ball very well for the most part,” Kirk said after his round. “He hits a lot of very good quality irons and wedges. Maybe I didn’t putt as many today as I did yesterday, but I feel like I’m getting the ball rolling very well. I’m hitting my lines. My speed has been pretty good. Just more of the same recipe.”

He was also asked about his long journey from battling depression and alcoholism to where he is now.

Now that he’s an easy guy to root for.

He will play Montgomery in the final group on Saturday.

Jordan Spieth makes history (and not a good one)

Jordan Spieth of the United States plays his shot from the ninth tee during the second round of the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club on January 13, 2023 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Jordan Spieth was the co-leader for the first round and looked set for a late-weekend run in his 14th PGA Tour win.

Then Friday passed.

Thanks to a 5-on-75 day two, Spieth is now the first player since 2020 to lead or co-lead after the first round and then miss the cut (Matt Every, Arnold Palmer Invitational). He is the seventh player to do so in the last 10 years.

Spieth is not in the field for next week’s loaded American Express.

The Mackenzie Hughes Balancing Act

It hasn’t been seen many times on Tour, but when a player loses their balance and falls into the water, it’s always a viral moment.

We nearly had another one on Friday when Mackenize Hughes played his ball while resting just inches from the drink. After contact, his caddy had to grab his shirt to keep it from tipping backwards.

That’s a good friend.

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Odds after the second day

The story originally appeared on GolfWeek

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