It is true that a few hours ago we talked about the role of favorite that I had assumed Jordan Spieth (75 strokes, -1) after the first hours of the 2023 in a complete field, but the truth is that this theory has come to us bottom like a house of cards after stopping in the second day that the athlete from Dallas has carried out on the grass of the Valley Hawaiian. And it is that the once number 1 of the world has completed a day to forget and has been dismounted from the Sony Open despite having started on Friday from the co-lederate.
In fact, this negative milestone makes it the second player in the last four years to be forced to withdraw from a tournament during the second round after starting it from the top. And that the first minutes were not for nothing bad. It’s more, Spieth endured the par on your cardboard until eighth flag after scoring a bogey and a birdie on the first four holes. However, from here his round underwent a turn of 180 degrees.
Bogeys in it 8 and the 9 after two bad starting shots -the second one even visited the agua– and two more in the 10 and the 11 to finish four mistakes consecutive with which he was one away from getting off the weekend with seven flags to go. And the lace had it in him 15 with a missed putt of just one by of meters. In this way, the Texan says goodbye at the first exchange of his Hawaiian adventure after the Top 13 in it tournament of champions and will try to recover for future dates.
All this in a day that has left us Chris Kirk (65 hits, -11) as leader In solitary. The Knoxville player was able to take advantage of his first hours in the tournament and has risen to the top after delivering a card with six birdies and a bogey with which he excels in an impact a Montgomery (66 shots, -10) and JJ Spaun (64 hits, -10), his immediate pursuers.
2,791 days since his last win on TOUR.
Chris Kirk has the clubhouse lead @SonyOpenHawaii pic.twitter.com/SiqWoCWxgp
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