HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Round two of the Sony Open presented more than $5 million worth of incentives for golfers to make the cut into weekend play. Unfortunately, a pair of Hawaii residents will not be among those competing for a paycheck as both Jared Sawada and Kirk Nelson missed the cut after Friday's round two.
After shooting a 78 in round one, Mililani grad Jared Sawada had a much-improved performance and carded a 72, but it's not enough to play on as the projected cut line is -1.
Nonetheless, the 23-year-old said the experience felt like golf heaven.
"I felt like this gave me a lot more confidence," Sawada said. "I feel like this will make me a lot more relaxed at any other tournament, since I played on the biggest stage. I feel like I can definitely compete with these guys and hold my own. I'm just going to have to tighten my ball off the tee and it'll be a lot better."
Nelson shot a four-over 74 Thursday, but his second round didn't get off to the best start after he triple-bogeyed the first hole.
The Kihei resident carded an 10-over 80, but still managed to stay upbeat.
"I don't know how many chances you get, but this was a cool opportunity and I enjoyed every minute of it - from the moment I got here and I'm still enjoying it," Nelson said.