Leishman bogeyed his opening hole today but it was a messy triple bogey at the 6th which looked to have him in trouble. Six birdies in his last twelve holes however saw him fight back to be in 5th position at the halfway mark and although four shots from the 36 hole leader, Gary Woodland, overcoming his near disaster will be a great boost ahead of the weekend.
Woodland leads by three over Bryson DeChambeau, Rory McIlroy and first round leader Kevin Tway and therefore Leishman is just one shot out of second place.
Leishman finished 7th in this event last year after sharing the lead at the halfway mark and it appears he could well do even better as the tournament enters its final stages.
Jason Day would also record a triple bogey in his second round of 71 but he too would bounce back well with four birdies to eventually finish with a 2 under 71 on the par 73 layout.
Day finds himself in a share of 9th position at 6 under par and six shots from Woodland.
Day has spent time with coach Colin Swatton in California in recent days preparing for a return to tournament golf following the arrival of he and wide Ellie's third child, Arrow, and in the interview below after his opening round yesterday he discusses the current state of his game.
Woodland has been in very consistent form in recent months and although not a prolific winner of titles he has been putting himself in position regularly in recent starts. He has a best of 13th in two starts in this event but in those two visits to Maui he has recorded only one of eight rounds in the 60's so this is an encouraging start.
Today he appeared to be coasting with an even par opening nine before a brilliant back nine of 6 under 31 saw him establish his three shot lead.
Eleven players are within five shots of his lead however and he will do well to hold off so many of the game's best over the final 36 holes.
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