MAUI – Justin Thomas and Ryan Moore each shot 67s on Friday and took a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the SBS Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii. Thomas and Moore are at 12-under-par 134 after 36 holes. The posted identical 6-under 67s each of the past two days on the Plantation Course at Kapalua.
Tied for second are first-round leader Jimmy Walker and Patrick Reid at 11 under.
Walker was at 12 under until he made bogey on the 17th hole to fall one back after a 70. Reed posted one of the low rounds of the day with an 8-under 65.
Thomas made three birdies in a row starting at No. 3 and came home with four birdies on the back side, including the final two holes. His only slip was a bogey at the par-5 15th hole.
Moore recovered from a bogey at the second hole with seven birdies the rest of the way, including four of the last five holes. His wedge on No. 18 landed a foot from the cup.
Jason Dufner was by himself at 10 under after back-to-back 68s and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan was another shot back at 9 under after a 68.
Matsuyama was one of six players to lead in the second round but fell back after a double bogey at No. 17. He is bidding for his fourth consecutive victory.
Jason Day, the world’s No. 1 ranked player, was tied for 11th at 7 under after posting a 69. Als at 7 under was Dustin Johnson after a second-round 70.
Defending champion Jordan Spieth finished the day with an impressive nine birdies, but he sabotaged his round with a double-bogey on the par-3 eight hole and a triple bogey after an errant drive on the 17th hole for a 69.
Spieth is seven shots out of the lead at 5 under.
“I’ll struggle for the next couple hours getting over 17 kind of throwing me out of the tournament,” Spieth said after his 69.