Kuchar and Simpson share Sony lead

January 17, 2015 12:13:09 UK

Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson and Justin Thomas are in a three-way tie for the lead at the halfway stage of the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Former US Open winner Simpson started the day as joint-leader alongside Englishman Paul Casey and was able to maintain his spot at the top of the leaderboard with a second round of 66, moving onto 12-under overall.

However, Casey was not able to match his first round 62 and he slipped four shots off the pace following a round of 70. The world number 78 is now 31.00 to win the PGA Tour event.

Kuchar and Thomas were able to take advantage of Casey’s slip, with the former carding a seven-under 63 to join Simpson in top spot.

Meanwhile rookie Thomas caught the eye as he fired an impressive nine-under 61 to vault up the leaderboard, capping off his round with a 17-foot eagle at the last.

The 21-year-old is now 9.50 to claim his first PGA Tour title in just his sixth outing and admits he is thrilled to be in the hunt for the win.

“I’m excited,” he said. “It’s a position I haven’t been in before and I think that kind of comes with the territory of being a rookie. I’m going to hopefully find myself in a lot of positions this year.”

The trio have a two stroke lead over the rest of the field at the Waialae Country Club heading into the weekend, with Troy Merritt (64) and Tim Clark (65) the nearest challengers on 10-under.

Scotland’s Russell Knox and Rory Sabbatini are a shot further back, while defending champion Jimmy Walker is tied for eighth alongside Casey, Marc Leishman, Ryan Palmer, JJ Henry and Robert Streb.

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