Jordan Spieth six off the lead after late quadruple-bogey — Sony Open

Jordan Spieth six off the lead after late quadruple-bogey — Sony Open

BC-GLF-Sony Open, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 906 Harman extends good play in Hawaii and takes Sony Open leadAP Photo HIMG108, HIMG106, HIMG110, HIMG118, HIMG124Eds: Updates with afternoon play.

Kirk and Johnson opened with 7-under 63s to share the overnight lead.

Kirk, a four-time victor on the United States tour, nabbed five of his seven birdies on the back nine.

He missed two putts inside five feet and needed 30 putts in his round with two three-putts. Harman was three shots ahead of Zach Johnson and John Peterson among the early second-round starters.

Johnson, victor of the 2007 Masters and the 2015 Open championship, broke away from the second-placed bunch at the final hole, despite finding a fairway bunker off the tee.

Kirk, whose most recent victory was at Colonial in 2015, said a return to his old putting routines had paid off on the greens. "I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing". It takes about five or 10 minutes.

Vaughn Taylor, Kyle Stanley, Talor Gooch and Brian Harman are among those tied for third a shot back.

The biggest putt the Georgia alum made all day came on his final hole, the par-5 ninth, where he buried a 16-footer for eagle to make up for his only bogey of the day two holes prior at the par 3 seventh.

From there Spieth advanced the ball into a greenside bunker but was unable to get it up and down from the sand, eventually walking off with a quadruple bogey eight.

Peter Malnati, Daisuke Kataoka, Matt Every and Tom Hoge opened with 5-under 65s.

On a day when a struggling Jordan Spieth slipped 10 shots off the pace, Harman sank a 15-foot putt on the last to cap off a seven-under-par 63 after opening with a 64 at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.

Spieth was rolling at four-under when he fired into a tree off the tee at eight.

He rallied somewhat with a birdie at his final hole for a one-under par 69.

Defending champion Justin Thomas was getting close to the cut line until he holed a trio of 8-foot putts - two for birdie, one for eagle - to close out his round of 67.

The US PGA champion is without his regular caddie in Honolulu due to injury, but has enlisted Phil Mickelson's former bagman Jim "Bones" Mackay - now an on-course commentator - to stand-in for the event he started with a stunning 59 past year on his way to breaking the PGA Tour's 72-hole scoring record.

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