Every leads by two at Sony Open

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HONOLULU — Matt Every, finally making news for his golf, made the game look and sound easy Friday at the Sony Open.

Matt Every hits his approach shot on No. 9 during the second round of the Sony Open. Every shot 64 and is 10-under-par for the event and has a two-shot lead.  MARCO GARCIA/ASSOCIATED PRESS
MARCO GARCIA/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Matt Every hits his approach shot on No. 9 during the second round of the Sony Open. Every shot 64 and is 10-under-par for the event and has a two-shot lead.

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.

LOCAL INTEREST

CHARLES HOWELL

Augusta native

Score 67-67

Shots back 4

WILL CLAXTON

Swainsboro, Ga.

Score 66-69

Shots back 5

BRIAN GAY

Louisville, Ga.*

Score 69-69

Shots back 8

BLAKE ADAMS Swainsboro, Ga.

Score 71-71

Shots back Missed cut

KEVIN KISNER

Aiken native

Score 73-74

Shots back Missed cut

SCOTT BROWN

North Augusta resident

Score 74-73

Shots back Missed cut

* former resident


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