HONOLULU, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- John Cook, who won this tournament a decade ago, shot the lowest round of the young PGA Tour season Friday to move three strokes in front at the Sony Open
Cook fired an 8-under 62 over the Waialae Country Club course for a 36-hole total of 12-under 128. Jerry Kelly was alone in second at 131 following a 65 while Chris Riley and Brad Elder shared third place at 132.
Cook beat Paul Azinger by two shots to win the event in 1992, the first of his three victories that year. He has won only four times since, the most recent of those triumphs being the 1998 Byron Nelson Classic.
He began play on the back nine Friday and was only 1-under through six holes. But he finished the back side birdie, birdie, eagle. Cook has eagled the par-5 18th in both rounds.
Sergio Garcia, who won the season-opening Mercedes Championship last week on the island of Maui, shot a 66 Friday and was at 3-under 137.