With 36 holes down and 36 to go, we have a leaderboard at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions jam packed with top-tier talent, names and all within 4 strokes of each other.
The hot guys on the Plantation Course at the Kapalua Resort in Maui, Hawaii, shot 7- and 6-under. And given today’s rounds, any one of them could win this thing on Monday. Here’s the top of the leaderboard by total score and today’s score:
- 11-under: Zach Johnson (-6), Jimmy Walker (-5), Sang-Moon Bae (-4), Russell Henley (-3)
- 10-under: Hideki Matsuyama (-7), Charley Hoffman (-7), Brendon Todd (-6), Patrick Reed (-4), Robert Streb (-4)
- 9-under: Scott Stallings (-3)
- 8-under: Matt Kuchar (-3)
- 7-under: Jason Day (-4), Bubba Watson (-4), John Senden (-2), Ben Martin (-1)
The pairings for Sunday will be interesting:
12:15 PM – Zach Johnson and Jimmy Walker – The strategic plotter vs the long and lanky swing
12:05 PM – Russell Henley and Sang-Moon Bae – The new shallow swing plane vs the pretty, classic swing
11:55 PM – Hideki Matsuyama and Charley Hoffman – The longest pause at the top vs the solid ball striker
11:45 PM – Brendon Todd and Patrick Reed – Byron Nelson winner vs Mr. Monday Qualifier
A final note. The one thing that distinguishes Eye On The Tour.com from other professional golf news and commentary sources is that I am narrowly focused on the principles of mastery. Beyond that, I use the players’ own words to illustrate how the best players in the world do what they do. I am less concerned about what happened than I am about how it happened.
And so I use the players’ verbatim transcripts to get into and comment on their thinking, their way of being, under pressure. Their successes and failures are windows into our own.
Regrettably, I am unable to do that again this evening because, past midnight, the PGA Tour transcripts have yet to be posted. This is a persistent, disheartening problem that I continue to work with Tour management to resolve.