Séamus Power enters the weekend in a tie for fifth at Hololulu

Waterford golfer follows up opening round 63 with two-under effort of 68 on Friday

Séamus Power is in a tie for fifth at Honolulu. Photograph: Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

Séamus Power is in a tie for fifth at Honolulu. Photograph: Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

 

Séamus Power carded a second round 68 to enter the weekend six shots off the lead at the Sony Open in Honolulu.

After signing for an opening round 63 on Thursday that left him in fourth, Power found things trickier during round two. A pair of bogeys offset two birdies on the front nine as the Waterford man took the turn on level par.

Two further birdies on the back nine though did ensure that Power finished his round on two under for the day.

Graeme McDowell has missed the cut despite a second round 66.

Back at the site of his debut glory, Russell Henley recorded two eagles and grabbed a three-stroke lead at the midpoint of the tournaent.

Henley ended birdie-birdie-eagle to cap a 7-under-par 63 at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. He sits at 15-under 125, with China’s Haotong Li scored at 12 under following a 65.

Matt Kuchar (second-round 65) is in third at 11 under, and Michael Thompson (67) holds fourth at 10 under.

Stewart Cink (63), Chris Kirk (65), Brandt Snedeker (65), Davis Riley (66), Dylan Wu (66), Patton Kizzire (68), Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama (65) and Canadians Corey Conners and Adam Svensson (both 67) are all tied for fifth at 9 under alongside Power.

Defending champion Kevin Na, the first-round leader, stumbled to a 71 on Friday and is tied for 16th at 8 under.

Henley won his PGA Tour debut in 2013 at the Sony Open, setting a then-tournament-record by finishing at 24-under 256.

On Friday, Henley started his round on the back nine and was at even par before sinking a 43-foot eagle putt on the par-five 18th hole. He followed with a bogey and two pars before logging four birdies on the next five holes. That led to the par-five ninth hole, where he rolled in a 29-foot eagle putt.

Henley said of returning to a place where he owns a victory, “I mean, I’ve won three times, so not many tournaments I get to say I’m a past champ, so pretty cool. Place hasn’t changed with the clubhouse and everything. Have a lot of really good memories, so, yeah, it’s a cool start to the year for sure.”

Li recorded three birdies on either side of his lone bogey of the day.

Kuchar began his bogey-free round with eight consecutive pars on the back nine before recording five birdies on the next eight holes.

“Another good day,” Kuchar said. “Probably felt in more control (Thursday) than (Friday), but found a good number of fairways. When I did miss, I tended to have (favorable) shots, was fortunate. But started out I think eight straight pars and put on a good run. I think the front nine here is more gettable than the back nine is, and that’s kind of the way it played out for me today.”

Australia’s Cameron Smith, the Tournament of Champions winner last week in Kapalua, Hawaii, missed the cut by three strokes. He shot a 71 on Friday to end up at 2-under 138.

Honolulu Collated Collated second round scores & totals in the USPGA Tour Sony Open

(USA unless stated, Par 70):

125 Russell Henley 62 63

128 Haotong Li (Chn) 63 65

129 Matt Kuchar 64 65

130 Michael Thompson 63 67

131 Stewart Cink 68 63, Corey Conners (Can) 64 67, Chris Kirk 66 65, Patton Kizzire 63 68, Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn) 66 65, Keita Nakajima (Jpn) 67 64, Séamus Power (Irl) 63 68, Davis Riley 65 66, Brandt Snedeker 66 65, Adam Svensson (Can) 64 67, Dylan Wu 65 66

132 Wesley Bryan 67 65, Cameron Davis (Aus) 66 66, Billy Horschel 65 67, Charles Howell III 69 63, Kevin Kisner 68 64, Jason Kokrak 64 68, Maverick McNealy 65 67, Kevin Na 61 71, Ryan Palmer 64 68

133 Hayden Buckley 67 66, Luke Donald (Eng) 68 65, Harris English 66 67, Lucas Glover 67 66, Talor Gooch 67 66, J. T. Poston 64 69, Greyson Sigg 67 66, Kyle Stanley 66 67, Sepp Straka (Aut) 66 67, Brendon Todd 67 66, Kevin Tway 66 67, Vincent Whaley 66 67

134 Paul Barjon (Fra) 66 68, Christiaan Bezuidenhout (Rsa) 65 69, Keegan Bradley 69 65, Joseph Bramlett 68 66, Jim Furyk 62 72, Si Woo Kim (Kor) 68 66, Russell Knox (Sco) 67 67, Justin Lower 67 67, Sahith Theegala 65 69, Erik van Rooyen (Rsa) 66 68, Ryan Armour 71 63

135 Kevin Chappell 63 72, Brett Drewitt (Aus) 68 67, Brian Harman 67 68, Kramer Hickok 66 69, Jim Knous 68 67, Satoshi Kodaira (Jpn) 71 64, Ben Kohles 68 67, Kyoung-Hoon Lee (Kor) 69 66, Marc Leishman (Aus) 67 68, Denny McCarthy 71 64, Keith Mitchell 67 68, Henrik Norlander (Swe) 68 67, Andrew Putnam 68 67, Sam Ryder 68 67, Webb Simpson 67 68, Hudson Swafford 68 67, Jimmy Walker 69 66, Vaughn Taylor 65 70

The following players missed the cut:

136 Scott Gutschewski 70 66, Bill Haas 69 67, Nick Hardy 70 66, Zach Johnson 72 64, Sung-Hoon Kang (Kor) 69 67, Hank Lebioda 70 66, Graeme McDowell (NIrl) 70 66, Andrew Novak 72 64, Rory Sabbatini (Svk) 69 67, Callum Tarren (Eng) 68 68, Andy Ogletree 65 71, Camilo Villegas (Col) 72 64, Chase Seiffert 70 66

137 Abraham Ancer (Mex) 66 71, Joel Dahmen 69 68, Emiliano Grillo (Arg) 69 68, Chesson Hadley 69 68, Peter Jung 72 65, Takumi Kanaya (Jpn) 66 71, Adam Long 70 67, Chad Ramey 67 70, Brian Stuard 70 67, Cameron Percy (Aus) 67 70, Bo Van Pelt 67 70

138 Brian Gay 69 69, Tom Hoge 66 72, Sung Jae Im (Kor) 71 67, Stephan Jaeger (Ger) 66 72, Matt Jones (Aus) 70 68, David Lipsky 68 70, Ryan Moore 70 68, Aaron Rai (Eng) 67 71, Roger Sloan (Can) 71 67, Alex Smalley 67 71, Cameron Smith (Aus) 67 71, J. J. Spaun 69 69, Cameron Young 71 67

139 Austin Cook 71 68, Tyler Duncan 64 75, Branden Grace (Rsa) 70 69, Harry Higgs 69 70, Mark Hubbard 70 69, Chan Kim 70 69, Kurt Kitayama 69 70, Nate Lashley 70 69, William McGirt 69 70, Trey Mullinax 67 72, Austin Smotherman 70 69, Robert Streb 67 72, Jared Wolfe 71 68, Brandon Wu 68 71, Brent Grant 70 69

140 Rikuya Hoshino (Jpn) 70 70, Jerry Kelly 69 71, Adam Schenk 70 70, Brendan Steele 69 71, Curtis Thompson 72 68, Dawie van der Walt (Rsa) 70 70

141 Jim Herman 73 68, John Huh 71 70, Peter Malnati 73 68, Parker McLachlin 71 70, Taylor Pendrith (Can) 71 70, Seth Reeves 68 73, Richy Werenski 68 73, Bo Hoag 71 70

142 Kevin Carll 70 72, Lee Hodges 69 73, Beau Hossler 67 75, Kelly Kraft 69 73, Garrett Okamura 68 74, David Skinns (Eng) 72 70, Martin Trainer 68 74

143 Michael Gligic (Can) 72 71, Max McGreevy 74 69, Koichiro Ishika (Jpn) 72 71

146 Bruce Doucett 71 75

148 Jared Sawada 73 75

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