Sony Open: Jordan Spieth misses cut | Chris Kirk takes small lead into the weekend in Hawaii
Jordan Spieth had a share of the lead going into round two but produced a second round of five-over 75 to miss the cut.; Chris Kirk too sole lead after another good day; watch the second round of the Sony Open live on Saturday from 7.30pm on Sky Sports Golf
By Amar Mehta
Last Updated: 14/01/23 8:20am
Jordan Spieth, who had a share of the lead after the first round of the Sony Open, spectacularly missed the cut after a monumental collapse in Hawaii.
The American became only the second player in four years to fail to reach the weekend after holding a piece of the opening-round lead.
Chris Kirk, who was alongside Spieth at the top of the leaderboard going into Friday's session, remains in pole position with a one-shot lead going into the weekend.
He shot a five under 65 in the second round at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu to leave him 11 under.
Taylor Montgomery dropped into second at 10 under, after carding 66 on Friday to take a share of second spot with JJ Spaun.
Spaun had a chance to join Kirk at the top of the leaderboard, but bogeyed the final hole.
However the second round will be remembered for Spieth's dramatic collapse. After firing an opening round 64, he produced a 75 on Friday.
He started relatively well, with one bogey and a birdie in the first four holes, but hit four consecutive bogeys either side of the turn.
Another bogey on the 15th meant Spieth couldn't make any ground and finished one stroke below the cut line.
On the 18th he two putted from 12ft for par when a birdie would have sent him to the weekend.
"Just a bad day," Spieth reflected. "Didn't feel like it was much different. Felt like I had a really bad deck of cards today. Made a couple... bad swings from off the tee. Other than that, I didn't play that different. I just ended up a foot into the rough here, right behind a tree here. It was a weird, weird day."
Round two also saw the second hole in one is as many days, after Adam Svensson found the hole on the 16th - a shot that meant he made the cut.
Kirk opens up about depression troubles after excellent round two
Kirk started with three consecutive birdies, then bogeyed the par-four sixth before adding three more birdies on the back nine.
Kirk, 37, has four career PGA Tour wins, the most recent occurring in May 2015 at the Colonial.
In 2019, he sought help for problems with alcohol abuse and depression, and was back to playing a full schedule in 2021.
Following his Friday round, Kirk talked about the difference in his life on and off the course.
"I'm able to not judge myself for who I am as a professional golfer. I'm able to have my life as a person and my life as a professional golfer. Two completely independent things," he said.
"I'm able to wake up every day and know that I'm doing the right things, that I'm working hard, that I love my family and I'm doing the best for them, and that's all that really matters.
"Whether you shoot 65 or 75... the 65s are a lot more fun, I won't lie. But it puts everything into the right perspective."
Watch the Sony Open in Hawaii throughout the week live on Sky Sports. Live coverage continues Saturday with Featured Groups from 7.30pm on Sky Sports Golf, ahead of full coverage from midnight.
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