KAPALUA, Hawaii — Collin Morikawa, without a win for the first time in his young career last year, is playing like he wants to get it over with quickly.
Morikawa got his irons selected early and used some of the goal holes late in his second round on Friday for a 7-under 66 that gave him a two-shot lead in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
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He was 16-under 130 and no bogey over two rounds of the Plantation Course in Kapalua.
Masters Champion Scottie Scheffler had a hearty laugh on the first tee with US Open Champion Matt Fitzpatrick, then birdied nine in his round of the last 66 to sit two shots behind along with Kapalua newcomer JJ Spaun (68).
Full field results from the Sentry Tournament of Champions
Scheffler may return to world No. 1 with a two-way tie for third this week, with Rory McIlroy sitting out this week.
Jordan Spieth had two eagles – one a 7-iron inches from an albatross on the par 5 fifth hole – and had a 66. He was three shots behind.
Morikawa would not normally be in Kapalua to kick off the winners-only year. But in this new year, trying to bring the top players together more often, the PGA Tour expanded the field from winners-only in 2022 to include those who made the FedEx Cup Finals in East Lake.
Morikawa shared the 18-hole lead by posting six straight birdies to start the back nine. On a beautiful Maui Friday afternoon with a bit more wind, he did most of his damage early. It started with a 20 foot birdie putt on the opening hole, followed by short irons at 3 feet and 8 feet.
From then on, everyone else did well to keep up.
Scheffler was introduced from the first tee with a mention of all of his four wins over the past year, from the World Championship Phoenix Open to the Masters. Next came Fitzpatrick, who beat Scheffler with a shot at Brookline. He was presented as a US Open champion.
“You didn’t,” Fitzpatrick said as they laughed.
The score stayed low enough that only two players were over par – Billy Horschel (71) and Chad Ramey (76) were 2 over.
Morikawa had a chance to break the 36-hole scoring record Cameron Smith set last year with 17-under 129. He was just short of the 18th green when he muffled his chip and saw it run out to just 30 feet, and his lon