Stuard takes 1-shot lead at Sony Open

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 10, 2014 at 10:43 pm •  Published: January 10, 2014
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HONOLULU (AP) — Fans soaking up the sun along the shores of Oahu took home plenty of memories Friday in the Sony Open, the least of which was Brian Stuard atop the leaderboard with this fourth straight round of 65 at Waialae.

Stuard finished the second round with a hybrid into 2 feet for eagle, giving him a one-shot lead over Marc Leishman of Australia and Hideto Tanihara of Japan.

The best stuff came later.

James Hahn, best known for his "Gangnam Style" moves after making birdie at the raucous 16th hole at the Phoenix Open last year, tried (and failed) for a chest-bump with his caddie after the rarest shot in golf — an albatross — when he holed out from 191 yards with a 6-iron on the par-5 ninth hole.

"That was a little spontaneous, but I forgot that — I've got to be politically correct, right? — but white men can't jump," said Hahn, a South Korean-born, Cal grad and funnyman on tour. "So I got a little air, he didn't. But it was fun. I don't think he knew I was going to chest-bump him. But that's just what I felt like at the time."

The big attraction was having surf champion Kelly Slater in the gallery for the final hour, even though he was there to watch a caddie.

Fellow surfer Benji Weatherley is on the bag this week for Masters champion Adam Scott, and he had a blast in front of two dozen friends from the North Shore. But this golf is serious business, and Weatherley showed great confidence talking Scott out of a driver on the 18th hole.

"He's really getting the hang of it," Scott said.

Scott took over from there, getting a break on the last hole when his ball was in a partial divot. Scott was able to take a free drop away from the grandstand, and while his chip came out strong, it banged against the bottom of the flagstick and stopped an inch from the hole for a tap-in birdie and a 66.

Scott was only three shots behind. Weatherley was having a blast.

"It's the most fun you could ever have," he said. "I have no nerves because for one, he's so good it's embarrassing. Like every single shot is what you see on 'Sports Center,' especially that last one."

He said this during an interview with the Golf Channel.

Meanwhile, another good tournament was shaping up in Hawaii.



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