Nick Taylor climbed into a two-stroke lead at the halfway mark of the Sony Open in Hawaii after carding an eight-under 62 on Friday.

The Canadian kick-started his second round with an eagle at the 18th hole – his ninth – before getting to 12 under at Waialae Country Club.

Taylor was one under through eight holes in his round before chipping in for the eagle, and he picked up another five shots on the back nine.

A two-time winner on the PGA Tour, Taylor is two shots clear of Stewart Cink (63), Webb Simpson (65), Russell Henley (64), Vaughn Taylor (66) and Chris Kirk (65).

Henley is a former champion of the event, lifting the trophy in 2013, while Kirk was runner-up a year later.

On what is a congested leaderboard, another eight players are just a shot further back.

Joaquin Niemann (69) and Peter Malnati (69), who shared the overnight lead with Jason Kokrak (71), are among them, alongside Charley Hoffman (65), Collin Morikawa (65), Marc Leishman (65), Hideki Matsuyama (65), Billy Horschel (66) and Brendan Steele (66).

Steele was runner-up last year and is again well-placed to contend after posting rounds of 65 and 66.

Horschel, meanwhile, is the only player in the field bogey-free through 36 holes. It is the third time in his PGA Tour career he has been bogey-free through two rounds.

Defending champion Cameron Smith carded a four-under 66 to sit at seven under – in a tie for 19th in a group that includes Kokrak.

Nick Taylor closed out his first PGA Tour win in over five years with a four-stroke wire-to-wire victory at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Sunday.

The Canadian carded a two-under 70 in windy conditions in the final round in California to finish at 19 under.

Taylor – the first Canadian to win wire-to-wire since 1960 – secured his second PGA Tour victory and first since November 2014, when he won the Sanderson Farms Championship.

An eagle at the par-five sixth hole set up Taylor's round and he managed to close out a win despite two bogeys and a double bogey on the back nine.

Kevin Streelman (68) ended up in second after Phil Mickelson struggled late in his final round on the way to a two-over 74.

Mickelson, the defending champion and a five-time winner of the event, bogeyed three of his final seven holes to finish at 14 under and in third.

The five-time major champion also made history – his 30th consecutive season with a top-10 finish.

Jason Day, who was also in contention heading into Sunday, posted a three-over 75 to finish at 11 under, his round including four birdies, five bogeys and a double bogey.

A five-under 67, belonging to Jordan Spieth, was the best round of the day as the American climbed the leaderboard to finish tied for ninth.

Maverick McNealy (68), Daniel Berger (69), Matt Jones (72) and Charl Schwartzel (72) were tied for fifth at nine under.

Nick Taylor will take a one-stroke lead into the Pebble Beach Pro-Am final round, with Phil Mickelson and Jason Day his nearest challengers.

Taylor, who fired an opening-round 63, carded a three-under 69 at Spyglass Hill Golf Course on Saturday to move into 17 under.

The Canadian was one over through his first 10 holes in the third round, but finished with two birdies and an eagle at the par-five seventh.

Taylor is a shot ahead of Mickelson, the five-time winner and defending champion shooting a five-under 67 at Pebble Beach to be outright second.

The American mixed six birdies – holing from the bunker at 13 and chipping in at 14 – with a bogey to continue what has been a strong showing in California.

Day, a runner-up at the tournament in 2018, carded a two-under 70 at Spyglass Hill to be outright third at 14 under.

Matt Every (68) and Kevin Streelman (68) are tied for fourth at 11 under, a shot ahead of Peter Malnati (66).

Dustin Johnson could only manage an even-par 72 on Pebble Beach to be in a five-man tie for seventh at nine under.

Jordan Spieth, meanwhile, is well back at tied for 55th after a one-under 71 – his third consecutive round in the 70s.

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