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Snedeker plays with Zach, Kisner in Sony

Brandt Snedeker current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Brandt Snedeker

Brandt Snedeker current official PGA TOUR headshot
(Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Brandt Snedeker

Weekend Preview – PGA Tour – Sony Open– Waialae Country Club – Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii –

Brandt Snedeker takes the 36-hole lead into the weekend at the PGA Tour’s Sony Open in Hawaii.

Sneds, who shot 5-under-65 in round two to reach 12-under overall, leads Kevin Kisner by a shot while Luke Donald, Zach Johnson and Zac Blair sit 10-under.

Snedeker, making his first appearance at this event since 2008, is tied for the 5th-most wins on the PGA Tour since the start of the 2o11 season with six victories. He last won on tour at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am last February.

A number of players with PGA Tour titles on their resumes are in the mix including veterans Jerry Kelly, Scott Piercy and Sean O’Hair at T-7. Most recently, Piercy won last year’s Barbasol Championship in July.

A runner-up here in 2009, Johnson captured the Open Championship last summer for his second career major. He, too, was one of the pre-tournament betting favorites at 20-1 odds alongside Kisner, a winner at the RSM Classic last November.

The weekend brings more tournament pressure to the final groups on Waialae Country Club on Oahu. Snedeker, Kisner and Johnson tee off No. 1 in the final group PGA TOURat 12:55 p.m. local time. Look for the eventual champion to come out of this threesome.

Snedeker opened the week as a 22-1 betting selection at Silverton Casino in Las Vegas. As a 45-1 long shot, look for Piercy to perhaps threaten the leaders. He has the ability to go low and experience winning on tour the last few seasons.

Other Golf news:

  • Several high-profile players missed the cut in Hawaii including Graeme McDowell – a winner in the fall campaign in Mexico – Chris Kirk and Keegan Bradley.
  • EurAsia Cup wrapped up Day Two matches – six foursomes. Europe extended its lead to 9-3 heading into Sunday Singles matches.
  • eurotourlogoEuropean Tour’s Joburg Open has a three-player tie at the top through 54 holes including Anthony Wall, Zander Lombard and Haydn Porteous.
  • Donald, a former World No. 1, sits T-3 in Hawaii. A struggle the last few seasons, Donald entered the week as a 40-1 betting pick in Hawaii.