Walker moves ahead in Hawaii

first_imgThe PGA Champion took advantage of the scoring-friendly conditions at Kapalua Resort to mix six birdies with an eagle, with a final-hole gain doubling his cushion over the chasing pack.Ryan Moore also birdied the last to join Jim Herman and Justin Thomas on six under, with Daniel Berger and Jason Dufner part of the group a further shot off the pace.Defending champion Jordan Spieth made a slow start to his year with a one-under 72, with only five players in the 32-man field not to post an under-par round.Walker followed birdies at the second and fourth with a 40-foot gain at the par-five next, before picking up another shot at the sixth to move ahead of early pacesetter Cody Gribble.Herman kicked off his back nine with a close-range birdie to join Walker on five under, with Berger reaching the turn in 31 to briefly make it a three-way tie at the top.Another short gain from Herman at the 13th lifted him in to top spot, only for Walker to match it and also post a six-foot birdie at the next before nudging home at the par-five last.Moore threatened the outright lead with two eagles in his first four holes and another birdie at the par-five ninth, while Thomas recovered from a slow start to post a hat-trick of gains around the turn on his way to an opening 67.Dustin Johnson and in-form Hideki Matsuyama carded matching 69s to sit inside the top 10, with Jason Day slipping a further shot adrift alongside Patrick Reed after a three-putt bogey at the 18th.Watch the SBS Tournament of Champions throughout the week live on Sky Sports – your home of golf. Live coverage of the second round begins on Friday from 11pmlast_img