Kevin Na withdraws from Tournament of Champions with broken finger

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McIlroy usually starts the year on the European Tour but the former world number one opted to kick-off his campaign on the PGA Tour via the Tournament of Champions, where he is three shots off the pace.

Leader Woodland was level par at the turn of his second round but carded a stunning six birdies on the back nine to lead by three going into the weekend.

Tway, the son of eight-time PGA Tour victor and major champion Bob, carded seven birdies and no bogeys to lead by one over former world No.1s Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, as well as big-big-hitting Gary Woodland (all 67).

Rory McIlroy holds a share of sixth place heading into the second day of Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

The American fired a round of seven-under 66 on the opening day in Hawaii to move to the top of the leaderboard with compatriots Gary Woodland, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson his closest challengers.

"It was frustrating early", Woodland said. "I regrouped after missing a short one on nine, chipped in there (on 11) and got it rolling".

Carlow man Amond responsible for Newport County giant-killing
This time a year ago Amond was performing similar heroics in the FA Cup , when his side knocked Leeds United out of the cup. The floodgates opened after the break with Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane on target.

The 34-year-old American has never had an over-par round in nine starts at Kapalua.

"I was just trying to hit it on the green", said Kizzire during the first on-course interview of the year.

"He was just watching me play for his preparation".

Tway made seven birdies without dropping a shot to lead a field restricted to golfers who won a tournament during the previous calendar year. "I hit the ball well, kept the ball in play, made a few putts and controlled my ball in the wind". "Definitely going to get horizontal, probably take some more medicine and sleep a lot, which I'm good at", he said with a smile.

Former world No.1 Day had come within a shot of the lead courtesy of two birdies in his first five holes before racking up a disastrous triple-bogey six at the par-3 eighth.

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