Moore, Thomas set pace at Kapalua after inspired pairing
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[January 07, 2017]
(Reuters) - Ryan Moore and
Justin Thomas inspired one another in a low-scoring pairing as they
moved one stroke clear of a tightly bunched leaderboard in the
second round of the SBS Tournament of Champions in Hawaii on Friday.
The two Americans fired matching six-under-par 67s at the Kapalua
Resort on the island of Maui to post 12-under totals of 134 in the
PGA Tour's opening event of the year.
Overnight leader Jimmy Walker carded a 70 to sit one shot back,
level with fellow American Patrick Reed, who fired a best-of-the-day
65 that was built on a consummate driving display.
Defending champion Jordan Spieth piled up nine birdies, along with a
double-bogey at the eighth and a triple at the 17th, en route to a
69 that left him joint 19th in the elite 32-man, winners-only field.
Moore, a five-times winner on the PGA Tour, very nearly holed out
with his third from 80 yards at the par-five last before tapping in
for a birdie to snatch the outright lead.
Moments later, Thomas rolled in a seven-footer to join him at 12
"We had a good time out there," Thomas told Golf Channel. "We were
kind of feeding off each other a little bit."
Moore finished with a flourish, recording four birdies in his last
"I just made putts, hit a couple of nice wedges that were tap-ins
which was nice, but I got the putter rolling on the back side," said
the 34-year-old from Washington state.
"I burned a lot of edges (with the putter) yesterday and in the
early part of my round today, so it was nice to see them start going
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PGA golfer Ryan Moore waves to the crowd after he hit his approach
shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the Tournament of
Champions golf tournament at Kapalua Resort - The Plantation.
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who beat Walker in a playoff to win the title at Kapalua two years
ago, reached every green in regulation for the first time in his PGA
Tour career and birdied four of the last five holes to set the early
"I swung within myself so I could have control and that just led me
to having a lot shorter putts on the holes," said Reed. "The most
impressive thing for me today was the driver.
"I was able to really have control of the driver, I could hit it
anywhere I wanted to and when I feel like I have confidence in
hitting my driver straight, then it just leads to the rest of the
(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in St. Augustine, Florida; Editing
by Peter Rutherford)
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