Published: Sat, January 09, 2016
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

PGA: Spieth trails by one shot in Hawaii


A scintillating round of 64 from world No 1 Jordan Spieth gave him a four-shot second-round lead at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

Lee is the first New Zealander to play in the event, held at the Plantation Course in Kapalua with a field of 32, all winners on the Tour last season.

He fell out of the lead for the first time when Spieth made an 18-foot birdie on No. 8, and then Spieth took over with a chip from 35 feet behind the pin that broke sharply into the pin and disappeared.

Reed is the defending champion at Kapalua and has top 10s in his last six tournaments around the world.

Spieth, whose stellar 2015 campaign included five victories, two of them majors, drained a 30-foot birdie putt at the second hole to get his 2016 on track. Reed smashed a 3-wood from 309 yards that trundled onto the front of the green and the grain took it to 15 feet below the hole.

Rickie Fowler is a further two shots back after firing six birdies in 67, while Bubba Watson is at nine under, with both men needing exceptional weekends if they are to catch Spieth.

The top-ranked Spieth fired a bogey-free seven-under-par 66 at Kapalua's undulating plantation course while Day carded a three-under 70 in his return to tournament golf.

"I know the golf course pretty well and I think getting over here early, the greens always pose a big problem", Snedeker said.

"I go from leading by one to leading by four and that's huge", Spieth said. Kisner almost matched Spieth for low round of the day with a 65. Spieth is making putts.

The Plantation Course was considered the ideal start to the PGA Tour.

"Maybe we want to beat each other so bad it brings the best out in us", said Spieth.

Overnight leader Reed joins Kisner on 12-under, with the 25-year-old having struggled to replicate his fine form on the opening day. He was 6-under over his last six holes.

Reed wasn't converting many chances, with two-putt birdies on the par 5s on the front. Two of those birdies were inside 3 feet.

He is three under par for the tournament with seven holes to play in his second round. 13-15 and a closing birdie on 18.

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