Date: January 08, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Leishman battling in Hawaii

Dustin Johnson has claimed the lead at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions after the delayed opening two rounds were finally completed, while Australian Marc Leishman is well back. The PGA Tour event was postponed for three days due to inclement weather before conditions were stable enough to allow 36 holes of play at the Kapalua Plantation Course on Monday. Johnson took a share of the lead with an opening-round 69 before breaking away from the field with a second-round 66 for a total of 11 under. “I only missed one green and in this wind, that&aposs pretty good,” Johnson said between his first and second rounds. “Drove it pretty well, too. Just it&aposs really tough once you get on the green. I had three three-putts, but other than that, I played really solid.” Defending champion Steve Stricker was three shots off the pace in outright second, followed by fellow American Bubba Watson at seven under. Americans Keegan Bradley and Brandt Snedeker were equal fourth at six under, one stroke ahead of countryman Tommy Gainey in sixth place. Sweden&aposs Carl Pettersson and America&aposs Carl Pettersson were tied for seventh at four under, while another American, Scott Piercy, was a further shot behind in outright ninth. Webb Simpson led a group of four players in a share of 10th at two under. Leishman, the only Australian in the field, was tied for 27th on the back of consecutive rounds of 75. The tournament is scheduled to finish with 18 holes on Tuesday.