There is a 4-way tie at the top of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on the Plantation course in Kapalua. Defending Champion Zach Johnson, Sang-Moon Bae, Jimmy Walker and first round leader Russell Henley are all at -11 under par for the two rounds completed.
Zach posted a second round of -6 under par 67 to get to the top of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions leaderboard on the Plantation Course at Kapalua. He was joined at that score by Sang-Moon, -4 under par 69, Jimmy carded -5 under par 68 and Russell with his second round score of -3 under par 70.
Zach birdied the 18th, a par five to get into a share of the lead, somewhat unconventionally, his drive was 294 and the three wood approach coming up short, his third flew past the pin, leaving him a 15 foot birdie attempt, which he made;
“I had a full shot, at the same time, usually you’ve got to play 15 yards from the hole. That’s strange and rare, but that’s the way it is. I don’t feel like it’s any easier.”
“We played a little early today. The ball just didn’t release. You have to pay attention there. As we get more wind the next couple days, I think this place will dry out.”
Russell spoke about the competitive nature of the tournament, and how good it would be to start the year with a win;
“I think it’s so competitive. I think the way guys look at it now, it’s a great opportunity to have a good finish and get off to a great start, if not win.”
Jimmy said how easy golf seems when your playing well;
“It’s nice when golf is like that, when you’re playing good, yes, golf feels easy.”
“When they are all playing good, I think it honestly doesn’t matter where you’re playing golf.”
Charley Hoffman, in the group at ten under, was the last player to qualify for this winners-only event with a victory in Mexico in November, he sits just one off the lead at -10 under par following his second round -7 under par 66. A double bogey on 17 spoiled what was a great effort, but equaled the low round of the day;
“Second round of the year, just trying to get my feet wet.”
“Made a bunch of birdies, hit a lot of good shots, and one unfortunate swing. You can get away with a few bad swings out here, but not on the 17th hole.”
Charley and four other players are all tied on -10 under par on this very tightly compacted leaderboard, this is turning out to be an exciting golfing start to the 2015 year.