|Co-leader Tom Pernice battled bad weather conditions to eagle the last hole at the Sony Open in Honolulu. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)|
Pernice, Green share lead
On the kind of day where Tom Pernice Jr. kept his head down to battle the wind and rain, he looked up just in time to see his final shot disappear into the hole for an eagle yesterday that gave him a 7-under-par 63 and a share of the lead in the
It was a fitting end of a second round that delivered a few surprises, starting with the weather.
Those 50-mile-per-hour gusts in the forecast, which forced school closings across Oahu, never quite made it to this corner of the island, leaving Waialae wet and windy, but no worse than in the opening round.
Tadd Fujikawa, the 18-year-old who turned pro after his sophomore year in high school, secured his first PGA Tour paycheck by ripping two shots onto the green at the par-5 ninth for a birdie and a 69.
But nothing was more stunning than Pernice making eagle into the strength of the wind, tying for the lead with Nathan Green (66).
"The finish was spectacular," Pernice said. "You're not thinking about holing it from the fairway. It was tough out there today. Luckily, I scraped it around when I needed to and didn't make any bogeys."
Pernice and Green, who played in the morning, were at 8-under 132 going into the weekend. Shigeki Maruyama had a 68 and was one shot behind, and a dozen players were within four shots of the lead, including former Masters champion Zach Johnson, Mercedes-Benz Championship winner Geoff Ogilvy, Boo Weekley, and David Toms.
Ernie Els shot a 69 -141 to make the cut on the number.
European - Graeme Storm of England shot an 8-under 64 and Richard Green of Australia shot a 65 to share the lead at 11-under 133 after darkness stopped play during the second round of the Abu Dhabi Championship in United Arab Emirates.