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Kirk Leads Sony Open; Continentals Hike Hero Cup Advantage

Kirk Leads Sony Open: American Chris Kirk is holding on to a one-shot lead in the second round of the US PGA Sony Open thanks to his good start at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. Kirk’s five-under-par 65 propelled him to first at 11-under 129, one shot ahead of rookie Taylor Montgomery and JJ Spaun. The Knoxville, Tennessee native fired three birdies early on and three more in the latter part of the round, including a two-putt birdie at the par-five 18th. He is holding on to the top spot as Spaun sizzled with a 64 as first-round co-leader Montgomery shot a 66. Kirk is chasing his fifth US PGA Tour title but his first since the 2015 Colonial and online golf betting websites give him a great chance of winning the tournament.

Kirk Leads Sony Open: Erratic Spieth in Danger of Missing the Cut

Erstwhile first-round leader Jordan Spieth is in danger of missing the halfway cut as he faltered to a five-over 75 in the second round. He is 10 strokes off the pace and set to miss the cut with a handful of golfers yet to finish their second round. The former major winner floundered with six bogeys, including four straight from the eighth hole to the 11th. He is set to become the sixth player in the past 10 PGA Tour seasons to miss the cut after holding a share of the lead in the opening round.

Meanwhile, Hayden Buckley and David Lipsky shared fourth spot at 131 after carding 64 and 66, respectively, while Englishman Ben Taylor (66), American Austin Eckroat (66) and South Korean Kim Seong-hyeon (67) are a shot behind. The tournament carries a purse of USD7.9 million with the winner taking home USD1.422 million and 39.50 Official World Golf Ranking points.

Continentals Pad Hero Cup Edge as Molinari, Hojgaard Shine

Team Continentals opened up an 8.5-6.5 lead over Britain and Ireland going into the final day of the Hero Cup as Francesco Molinari and Nicolai Hojgaard won twice on Saturday. Molinari and Hojgaard teamed up in foursomes, where they defeated Matt Wallace and Callum Shinkwin, 3 and 1, and Ewen Ferguson and Richard Mansell, 2 and 1. The matchplay event is played in Abu Dhabi and it features several prospects for the European Ryder Cup team. Hojgaard replaced his twin brother Rasmus, who was forced to withdraw due to injury. 

Britain and Ireland remained in the clash heading into the singles round on Sunday. They even tied the game in the afternoon session. However, Sepp Straka and Thomas Detry outclassed SHane Lowry and Tyrrell Hatton and Victor Perez and Guido Migliozzi defeated Seamus Power and Robert MacIntyre in the other match to give Team Continentals a sizable lead. Despite the deficit going into the last round, Team Britain and Ireland are expected by European Tour oddsmakers to fight back and win the tournament as some of their golfers have experience in matchplay rounds.