One of the first tournaments of the year got off to an exciting start as the 2013 Sony Open is still wide open after Day 1.
Waialae Country Club hosts the event, and the course has been known to be a tough one over the years. The proximity to the water makes it very windy and the big hitters are usually defeated by the accurate ones.
Thursday's round was no different as Scott Piercy got out to the early lead with an impressive 64. He was practically flawless on the day with no bogeys and six birdies. Getting onto the green in regulation on 78 percent of his holes did not hurt either.
Piercy had a very good season in 2012, finishing 15th in the FedEx Cup. Winning this tournament would be quite a way to start the new year.
Of course, there is still some serious competition at the Sony Open.
Scott Langley and Russell Henley came in with late tee times and ended up taking the lead with impressive performances.
Langley was truly amazing with six birdies and an eagle to get to 62, while Langley overcame a bogey to post eight birdies to finish with a seven-under 63.
Tim Clark was also very accurate with his shots and finished six strokes under par to put him in third place.
While these players started off strong, there were a few disappointing results as well.
Keegan Bradley is not out of the race at minus-2, but the highest ranked player in the field should look to do better in the next three rounds.
In addition, Johnson Wagner could only put together a 71 on the day after winning this event a year ago.
Among the large group of competitors that ended the day four strokes back of the leader, Matt Kuchar is the one that could do the most damage in the remaining rounds.
Last year's winner of The Player's Championship did not perform to his ability, but he is still within striking distance of the lead. This could mean trouble for the rest of the leaderboard.
Leaderboard (View full leaderboard at PGATour.com)
Notable Round 2 Tee Times (All times local)
|12:20 p.m.||Zach Johnson||Dustin Johnson||Johnson Wagner|
|12:30 p.m.||Matt Kuchar||Keegan Bradley||Mark Wilson|
|12:20 p.m.||Scott Piercy||Scott Stallings||Carl Petterson|
|8:30 a.m.||Luke Guthrie||Scott Langley||Russell Henley|
(Full list of tee times available at PGATour.com)