Zach headlines crowded leader board in Hawaii

Second Round –PGA Tour –Hyundai Tournament of Champions –Kapalua’s Plantation Course – Kapalaua, Hawaii –

A crowded leader board heads into the weekend at the PGA Tour’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

Defending champion Zach Johnson is among those at 11-under through 36 holes – as the tournament features a Monday final round finish. Johnson shot 6-under-67 Saturday in round two. He has 11 career tour victories – more than anyone else in the field.

Jimmy Walker, who led the FedEx Cup standings most of last season, is also at 11-under alongside Sang Moon Bae and first-round leader Russell Henley. Walker won three times in 2014. He needs just 29 putts Saturday and has just one bogey through two rounds.

Charley Hoffman, champion of the OHL Classic in Mexico in November, shot 7-under-66 to reach 10-under and a shot back. A number of players are 10-under including Brendon Todd, Hideki Matsuyama, Robert Schreb and Patrick Reed.

The no-cut event featuring champions only allows for players to round into form throughout the week. Look for movement on the leader board throughout the weekend, based on the weather. Light winds could favor lower scoring options.

Walker, No. 21 in the Official World Golf Ranking, entered the week as a 16-to-1 betting selection at Johnson and Reed were both 16-1 picks as well.

Pre-tournament favorites Bubba Watson (T-12 at 7-under), Matt Kuchar (8-under and T-11) and Jason Day (T-12) are still in the mix.

Other Golf news:

  • Charl Schwartzel (13-under) leads the European Tour’s South African Open Championship by five shots through 54 holes. Schwartzel, 31st in the world ranking, was one of the betting favorites at 7-1 odds.
  • Watson is a 16-1 selection at to win the Masters Tournament in April. Bubba is the defending champion and has two Green Jackets.
  • The PGA Tour moves to Oahu next week for the Sony Open, the tour’s first full-field event of the 2015 calendar year.
  • Kuchar has 48 Top 10s since the 2011 season. That’s 12 more than the next best players Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald.
  • Bae, who is dealing with travel issues with his home country of South Korea, has two wins and T-5 in his last five worldwide starts. He is second in the current FedEx Cup standings.