Another ideal day for golf, another day of major runs at the Hawaiian Open.
And on Friday, the second day of the $1.8 million event, it was one of the smallest players on the PGA Tour, Skip Kendall, who tore up the 7,012-yard Waialae Country Club course.After an opening 5-under-par 67, the 5-foot-8, 140-pound Kendall, who has already banked $334,550 in winnings this year, checked in with a 9-under par 63 for a 36-hole total 130 and a one stroke lead over Tom Watson midway through the second round.
Watson, the winner of eight majors including five British Opens, started the day even with Kendall and had to rely on his improved putting to complete the round in 64.
Also among the early finishers, Olin Browne was alone at 11-under 133 after his 66. Grouped a stroke behind were Craig Stadler , Billy Ray Brown , Kenny Perry , Fulton Allem and Duffy Waldorf .
L.A. Women's Championship
At Glendale, Calif., Hiromi Kobayashi of Japan birdied six of her first eight holes in shooting a 5-under-par 67 Friday for a three-stroke lead after the opening round of the Los Angeles Women's Championship.
Kobayashi, 30th on the money-winning list last year with $261,814 and playing in her first tournament in nearly three months, had a 30 on the back nine, which she played first.
Senior GTE Classic
At Lutz, Fla., Brian Barnes of Scotland had six birdies and an 8-under par 63 Friday for the best-ever first round of the Senior GTE Classic.
Barnes, seeking his first Senior PGA Tour victory, was three strokes ahead of Jim Colbert, Bob Duval and Bob Eastwood.