Day 2 at the Sony Open and Justin Thomas does one better than the record he equalled day 1 and has set the lowest two day total at 123.
He hadn’t even realised he had done that until he finished his round.
Post round Spieth had said about playing with JT “….it added to my frustration on the greens when the game is looking so easy to him” and Justin Thomas responded to that in the press conference by stating “Now he (Spieth) knows how a lot of people felt” and had a laugh.
Thomas sits five shots clear on -17 and is due to tee off at 1pm.
After arriving yesterday morning, I wrote for an hour or so until Derrell (Mackenzie Hughes’ caddie) sent me a message and I met him to walk the front nine so he could see how the course was rolling.
When we stopped at the 2nd green, I climbed into the laser tracking tower, took a photo and chatted with Marshal and Adam checking out what they were doing. They track the approach shots to the green. It was very hot up there.
They would be baking by the afternoon.
Derrell and I chatted with TJ, another caddie doing the same thing before I left for the media centre to recharge and grab a cup of tea.
I had met a guy online, Sutee, who sent me to meet David Havens at the Aloha PGA tent. He told me David is running a nonprofit too.
So off I toddled and had a wonderful golf chat with David.
Bizarrely when I told him where we have juniors he asked who the junior was in Nepal. Turns out David not only knows Pratima and has worked with her coach Sacchin (who Fairways are paying to cover some of Pratima’s lesson costs), she was wearing a hat of David’s in the photos in Golf Digest magazine.
What a small world!
David is running Spare for Change, donating time, clubs and lessons to all who need it – children and adults alike. He was quite impressed with my golf story and what we are doing at Fairways.
I watched him fit and make multiple clubs for the children that stopped by the Aloha PGA tent and I chatted with the juniors about our shared love of golf.
Following a very enlightening golf chat I headed back to the media centre to have lunch which I ended up having with Chris McLachlin (Parker McLachlin’s father). We had a great chat over lunch and I wished his son many birdies.
I wrote for a bit in the media centre and then headed back out to brave the Hawaii winter (hahaha) and walk the course watching some amazing golf.
While touring, I met Chris Savastano (who is a Director with Golf Channel) and is directing the programs that are broadcast live from the golf during the tournament. He gave me a tour of the set and trucks and we chatted about the various technical requirements necessary to run live to air entertainment.
While in the tech compound I stopped by to chat with Kev and Trace in their data truck and we watched the leader, Thomas, with Berger and Spieth, play the 16th.
As I headed out to message Steve (who I golfed with on Wednesday) he was right there beside the 16th fairway. I hung with Steve and his mate Chris for a bit and met up with lots of people they know as we followed Thomas and watched him break records.
The boys betted on things like amount of practice strokes, longest drive and what foot of Spieth’s would hit the rough first (yes seriously). I did ask them if they bet on which raindrops would run down a window first and they both smirked.
I said my farewells and headed back to the media centre to write and then joined Thomas in the post round interview.
What a day!
So many connections – Kevin was teasing me as Gunner (one of the Golf Channel staff) shot past on a cart and yelled out “Hey Tiff” and as I returned his greeting, Kevin turns to me and says “Do you know everyone?”.
It is beginning to seem like that.