Woodland leads Tournament of Champions, McIlroy three back

Dustin Johnson is chasing back-to-back titles in Hawaii

Earning a start in the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua resort, the Australian promptly capitalised on the trip, soaring into contention in the opening US PGA Tour tournament of the year.

The Northern Irish star carded a second-round 68 - which included six birdies and four from his final seven holes - to be within striking distance of leader Gary Woodland at the halfway stage on Friday.

"I was just trying to hit the green", said Kizzire, who got into the winners-only tournament by capturing the Sony Open in Hawaii and will defend his title at Waialae in Honolulu next week.

"I stayed patient out there and it was good also to play a couple of practice rounds in conditions like what we had today".

But he bounced back with a birdie at the par-5 ninth and, due to 30/km winds at Kapalua's Plantation course keeping scores at bay, he sits at four-under-par and just three shots off the pace.

It took only a few hours for the first ace of 2019 to be recorded on the PGA Tour.

Elsewhere on the course, World No. 8 Rory McIlroy and No. 14 Jason Day are tied for sixth at 4 under. He tried to whack it out and reached only the rough and wound up with a double bogey.

"It does get tricky especially when you get onto the greens, and then even moreso on some of the exposed greens on the back nine but overall the scores are still pretty good and, I mean, you have guys double-digit under par so it's still pretty scoreable out there".

"I feel like I maximized my potential on that", DeChambeau said, and he pointed to the 16th as an example.

Speaking afterwards in Hawaii, McIlroy said: "It has been a nice start to the year".

Johnson accidentally hit the wrong ball from the native area following an errant drive, and was assessed a two-shot penalty which resulted in a double bogey. You know what clubs you are going to hit off all the tees and how far right or left you are going to have to aim on each hole.

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