Golf-Thomas moves five ahead at Waialae in record style

Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:35pm EST
 
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(Reuters) - Justin Thomas, hunting his third victory of the young season, eagled the par-five last to set a PGA Tour record for 36 holes and stretch his overnight lead to five shots after the second round of the Sony Open in Hawaii on Friday.

Three strokes clear after opening with a magical 11-under-par 59, the American world number 12 followed up with a six-under 64 on another benign day of ideal scoring conditions at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.

The long-hitting Thomas, a winner in two of his last three PGA Tour starts, also recorded seven birdies and three bogeys to post a 17-under total of 123 in the first full-field event of the year on the U.S. circuit.

Despite finding the left rough off the tee at the par-five 18th, the 23-year-old struck a superb second shot from 205 yards to nine feet and coolly sank the eagle putt to post a landmark total at the tournament's halfway mark.

"I played great," Thomas told Golf Channel. "I really hit a lot of quality shots today.

"The three bogeys I made were just terrible... a lack of concentration or just not playing smart but obviously I had a great day out there. To finish with that eagle was huge."

Thomas' 36-hole aggregate eclipsed the previous low of 124 jointly held by Pat Perez (2009 Bob Hope Classic), David Toms (2011 Crowne Plaza Invitational) and Jason Day (2015 BMW Championship).

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