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.

Joaquin Niemann is part of a three-way tie for the lead after the opening round of the Sony Open in Hawaii.

The Chilean carded an eight-under 62 at the Waialae Country Club on Thursday to lead alongside Peter Malnati and Jason Kokrak.

Coming off a play-off loss to Harris English at the Tournament of Champions, Niemann's fine start to 2021 continued.

The 22-year-old made seven birdies, a bogey and an eagle, the latter coming with a chip in at the 18th.

Kokrak produced a bogey-free opening round, while Malnati mixed nine birdies with one bogey.

At the 17th, Kokrak almost produced a hole-in-one, only to see his shot lip out as he was forced to settle for a birdie.

Vaughn Taylor, Jim Herman, Aaron Baddeley, Patton Kizzire, Daniel Berger and Kim Si-woo are two shots adrift of the leaders.

The champion in 2018, Kizzire made a 45-foot eagle putt from off the green at the ninth, while Baddeley – runner-up in 2003 – is also in contention.

A group of 13 players are at five under, including last year's runner-up Brendan Steele, 2014 runner-up Chris Kirk and 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson.

Defending champion Cameron Smith opened with a three-under 67 to be in a tie for 40th.

Brendon Todd continued his fine return to form by winning on the PGA Tour for the second time in a fortnight at the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

Heavy rain meant no play was possible at all on Thursday, causing delays to the schedule before fading light on Sunday forced a Monday finish in Playa del Carmen.

Todd was tied with Vaughn Taylor at 20 under par through 14 holes when play was called to set up a tight finale in Mexico.

A birdie at 15 was quickly followed by a bogey at 16 but a par-par finish was enough for Todd to triumph after a costly dropped shot for Taylor at the 16th.

Adam Long and Carlos Ortiz each signed for rounds of 66 to join Taylor in finishing one shot adrift of Todd, who also secured the Bermuda Championship this month.

It marks a brilliant recovery for Todd, who a year ago was contemplating quitting golf after struggling with swing yips. Prior to this calendar year, he had made just six cuts in 47 starts.

But after regaining his PGA Tour card, Todd has in the space of a month added two wins to the Byron Nelson title he celebrated five years ago.

Vaughn Taylor and Brendon Todd are tied for the lead as the Mayakoba Golf Classic prepares for a Monday finish.

The American pair were both sitting at 20 under through 14 holes when darkness saw play suspended in Playa del Carmen on Sunday.

Heavy rain meant no play was possible at the PGA Tour event on Thursday, leading to the delayed finish.

Taylor holed two birdies on his front nine before picking up shots at 10 and 13, while Todd bogeyed the 14th.

A three-time winner on the PGA Tour, Taylor is eyeing his first victory since 2016, while the in-form Todd is coming off a win at the Bermuda Championship earlier this month.

Mexican Carlos Ortiz has one hole left to play and is at 19 under, tied for third with Harris English, who is through 14.

English won the Mayakoba Golf Classic in 2013 and had made birdies at 13 and 14 when play was suspended.

Adam Long – who is four under through 15 – is also within striking distance, sitting outright fifth at 18 under.

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