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Brian Stuard during the second round of the Sony Open.

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Brian Stuard carded a second straight 5-under 65 to grab a one-shot lead Friday at the Sony Open.

Stuard closed his second round at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu with eagle at the par-5 ninth, and he leads Marc Leishman and Hideto Tanihara, a sponsor exemption, by a shot entering Saturday's third round.

Harris English is another shot back at 8 under while Adam Scott, Jimmy Walker and Chris Kirk are all within three shots of the lead.

John Daly made the cut on the number at 1 under. And Jordan Spieth and amateur Tianlang Guan failed to qualify for the weekend.

Here's how it all unfolded Friday in Honolulu:

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Update No. 26: 10:28 p.m. EST

John Daly opts to putt from off the green at the 18th and leaves himself about 4 feet left for par. He drains it, and at 1 under, he'll make the cut.

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Update No. 25: 10:21 p.m. EST

John Daly needs a par at the par-5 18th to make the cut at 1 under, and he goes conservative off the tee by hitting an iron. His second shot then finds the right rough and his third ends up short of the green. He's now facing a must-make up-and-down for par.

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Update No. 24: 9:51 p.m. EST

As play winds down here in Honolulu, the projected cut remains at 1 under. John Daly is among those at 1 under. Daly has two holes left as he looks to make the weekend.

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Update No. 23: 9:45 p.m. EST

Harris English ends the day two shots off the lead at 8 under thanks to a second-round 4-under 66. Also shooting 66 was Adam Scott, who is 7 under overall.

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Update No. 22: 9:19 p.m. EST

Hideto Tanihara of Japan is competing this week on a sponsor exemption, and he's making the most of the opportunity. He's currently tied for third at 7 under, and he's 3 under through 12 holes today. This is Tanihara's seventh Sony Open start. He tied for 54th a year ago at Waialae Country Club in what was his first Tour start since 2009. Tanihara was a PGA Tour member at one point in his career, holding membership in 2005.

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Update No. 21: 8:44 p.m. EST

Harris English has five birdies in his last seven holes, his latest birdie coming at the par-4 14th, and he's now 7 under, three shots off the lead.

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Update No. 20: 8:21 p.m. EST

Vijay Singh has never missed a cut at the Sony Open, but he's in danger of ending that streak this year. Singh is 1 over with five holes left in his second round. The projected cut is currently 1 under.

Click here to read Alex Miceli's feature on Singh, who is one of golf's biggest mysteries.

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Update No. 19: 8:08 p.m. EST

John Daly is back to 4 under overall after sinking a long birdie putt at the par-5 18th.

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Update No. 18: 7:46 p.m. EST

John Daly fell back to 1 under after playing Nos. 14-16 in 4 over, but he just birdied the par-3 17th to get back to 2 under.

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Update No. 17: 7:44 p.m. EST

James Hahn is 3 under through 12 holes today, and 6 under overall. He also has the shot of the tournament so far – an albatross at the par-5 ninth.

Check out the video:

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Update No. 16: 7:29 p.m. EST

The projected cut right now is 1 under. Some players at even par or worse include Bo Van Pelt (even), Jordan Spieth (1 over) and amateur Tianlang Guan (5 over).

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Update No. 15: 7 p.m. EST

We're at the top of the hour, so let's take a look at how some notables are playing this afternoon:

  • Matt Kuchar, T-10, 5 under, 3 under thru 6 today
  • John Daly, T-10, 5 under, 1 under thru 4 today
  • Adam Scott, T-18, 4 under, 1 under thru 6 today
  • Jason Dufner, T-18, 4 under, 1 under thru 6 today

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Update No. 14: 6:43 p.m. EST

Hudson Swafford's second-round 6-under 64 included six birdies and no bogeys. Swafford is a 2013 Web.com Tour graduate and played in college at the University of Georgia. He's missed three of four cuts so far this season.

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Update No. 13: 6:22 p.m. EST

Sang-Moon Bae and Chris Kirk are both 1 over early on in their second rounds. Bae, the first-round leader, is 1 over through two holes and has dropped back to 6 under. Kirk is also through two holes and has fallen to 5 under.

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Update No. 12: 5:49 p.m. EST

Marc Leishman wraps up a second-round 6-under 64 – the best round of the day so far – and at 9 under, he's currently one shot off the lead held by Brian Stuard.

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Update No. 11: 5:26 p.m. EST

Brian Stuard's 5-under 65 is the best round of the day so far. Also carding a 65 today was Russell Henley, who is now 2 under overall.

Of course, Henley isn't only talented at golf, he can also play some guitar:

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Update No. 10: 4:57 p.m. EST

Brian Stuard closes his round with an eagle at the par-5 ninth. His second-round 5-under 65 has him at 10 under overall. That's good for a one-shot lead over second-place Marc Leishman at the moment.

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Update No. 9: 4:23 p.m. EST

After Brian Stuard joins him in the lead at 8 under, Marc Leishman responds with a birdie at the par-4 14th to move to 9 under and back into sole possession of first.

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Update No. 8: 3:47 p.m. EST

John Peterson is tied for seventh right now at 5 under. He's 3 under through 10 holes today.

Peterson has a T-21 finish and two missed cuts in his first three starts as a PGA Tour member.

Here's a video from last year's Web.com Tour Championship where Peterson takes on Michael Putnam in a skip-shot contest:

Putnam, who lost to Peterson in the contest, is currently T-28 at the Sony Open. He's made three of four cuts so far on Tour, although his best finish is T-36.

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Update No. 7: 3:31 p.m. EST

Marc Leishman is now 4 under in his last three holes as he birdies the par-3 11th to move to 8 under, where he now holds the solo lead.

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Update No. 6: 3:26 p.m. EST

Australian Marc Leishman is 3 under in his last two holes thanks to an eagle at the ninth and a birdie at the 10th. As a result, Leishman is now tied for the lead at 7 under overall.

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Update No. 5: 3:18 p.m. EST

Jason Kokrak follows three straight birdies with two straight bogeys to fall back to 6 under. He's now a shot back of co-leaders Sang-Moon Bae, who tees off later today, and Jerry Kelly, who is 4 under through 13 holes today.

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Update No. 4: 2:48 p.m. EST

A birdie at the par-4 second is the third straight birdie for Jason Kokrak, who now moves into sole possession of the lead at 8 under.

Here's a look at Kokrak's swing:

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Update No. 3: 2:36 p.m. EST

Jason Kokrak birdied the par-5 18th for his second birdie of the round and then added his third with a birdie at the par-4 first to move into a share of the lead at 7 under.

Kokrak has two finishes of T-12 or better in three PGA Tour starts this season.

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Update No. 2: 2:29 p.m. EST

Last week's winner Zach Johnson just birdie the par-4 15th, his sixth hole of the day, to move to 4 under overall. It's his second birdie of the round.

Johnson shot a final-round 66 to come away with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions title. Click here to read Alex Miceli's 5 Things from the final round in Kapalua.

Also, check out what Johnson had in his bag by watching David Dusek's Winner's Circle video:

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Update No. 1: 2:05 p.m. EST

We're a little more than two hours into the second round and Sang-Moon Bae still holds the lead at 7 under. Bae is set to tee off at 5:30 p.m. EST.

Here's a quick look at some of the early movers so far today:

  • Brian Stuard, T-2, 6 under, 1 under through seven holes
  • Jerry Kelly, T-4, 5 under, 2 under through eight holes
  • John Peterson, T-7, 4 under, 2 under through three holes

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5 Things: S. Bae leads; J. Daly returns; more

The first-round leaderboard at the Sony Open was familiar in some ways, with 2010 Sony winner Ryan Palmer making an appearance after a 65 and Retief Goosen posting a 66. It also had its surprises with Sang Moon Bae’s 63 and Chris Kirk’s 64.

• How it Happened: S. Bae leads C. Kirk by a shot

Sang-Moon Bae broke out of a slump with a 63 for the early lead at Waialae CC. Bae's 7-under round, the best of the morning wave, held up through the afternoon. He leads Chris Kirk by a shot, with Ryan Palmer and Brian Stuard T-3 another shot back.

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