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Sunday, 20 January, 2019

Captain Kirk can beam himself up the Sony Open leaderboard

Brian Harman has three-shot lead

Brian Harman has carried his form from Kapalua to Waialae
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Brian Harman has forged a three-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Sony Open in Hawaii, the little left-hander following a first-round 64 with a Friday 63 to scoot clear at the top of the Waialae Country Club leaderboard.

Harman was a 22-1 chance ante-post, but no bigger than 15-8 is available with 36 holes to play. He finished third in the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua on Sunday, a distant nine shots behind a rampant Dustin Johnson, but there is no Johnson to worry about at Waialae.

Harman has been in great form this season, with form figures of 5-8-4-3, and he also finished third alongside Pat Perez in the QBE Shootout pairs event. And he has a rock-solid record at this week's venue, with a stroke average of just over 68 before starting on Thursday.

Harman, if he can handle the mental exertions of contending for a second straight weekend, is likely to have a winning chance down the stretch on Sunday. He is happy with every department of his game and Waialae suits him extremely well. A third US Tour title is entirely feasible.

A sunny day with light breezes is forecast for round three, so scoring should be low. The most likely to take advantage of these conditions to apply pressure on Harman are Zach Johnson, Chris Kirk, Patton Kizzire, Ollie Schniederjans and Kevin Kisner.

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Kirk made a mess of his final hole (the ninth) in round two, slicing into the water off the tee and making bogey, but his putting stroke has been a thing of beauty this week. With birdie opportunities aplenty expected in round three, this dancefloor master should outscore Tom Hoge and Talor Gooch in the 10.55pm UK and Ireland time group.

The final threeball of Harman, Johnson and John Peterson is scheduled to start at 11.05pm. Pre-tournament 5-1 favourite Jordan Spieth is ten shots behind, while defending champion Justin Thomas has a seven-shot weekend deficit to overcome.

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With birdie opportunities aplenty expected in round three, this dancefloor master should outscore Tom Hoge and Talor Gooch
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