HONOLULU — Matt Every, finally making news for his golf, made the game look and sound easy Friday at the Sony Open.
Every closed with three consecutive birdies for a 6-under 64, giving him a two-shot lead over David Hearn, who kept the Canadian presence on the leaderboard with his second consecutive 66.
Every was at 10-under 130 after the second round.
Brendon de Jonge shot 62 and Pat Perez was solid again with a 67 to finish three shots behind, while Steve Stricker made double bogey from a bad lie in a bunker that stalled his momentum. He had to settle for 69 and was five shots back in his bid to become the first player since Ernie Els in 2003 to sweep the Hawaii events.
EUROPEAN TOUR: In Johannesburg, Robert Rock opened up a one-shot lead at the Joburg Open before thunderstorms interrupted play for a second day in a row.
He shot 4-under-par 67 on the West Course to move to 11-under 132 overall after completing his first round on the East Course early Friday. Jbe Kruger (66) and Branden Grace (66) were tied for second.
More than half the field were trying to finish their second rounds when strong wind and heavy rain lashed Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.
Overnight co-leader Jamie Elson, a former Augusta State standout, was one of 12 players still to tee off.
Another former Jaguar, Scott Jamieson, was able to get his second round in on the West Course, shooting 67 to trail Rock by three. Oliver Wilson shot 71 but stands to miss the cut.
Two-time defending champion Charl Schwartzel was 3-under after two rounds, just inside the halfway cut.
Masters Tournament champion Schwartzel shot 68 under 68 on the West Course and is tied for 56th.
Rock completed his opening round by finishing on the tougher East Course with birdies at Nos. 17 and 18.