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Tim Clark feeling strong, and Waialae makes him feel long at Sony Open

  • Tim Clark from South Africa tees off on the 11th hole during the second round of the Sony Open golf tournament, Thursday, Jan, 16, 2015, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Hugh Gentry)

    Tim Clark from South Africa tees off on the 11th hole during the second round of the Sony Open golf tournament, Thursday, Jan, 16, 2015, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Hugh Gentry)  (The Associated Press)

  • Daniel Summerhays hits out of a bunker on the 11th green during the second round of the Sony Open golf tournament, Thursday, Jan, 16, 2015, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Hugh Gentry)

    Daniel Summerhays hits out of a bunker on the 11th green during the second round of the Sony Open golf tournament, Thursday, Jan, 16, 2015, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Hugh Gentry)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russell Knox lines up his ball on the first green during the second round of the Sony Open golf tournament, Thursday, Jan, 16, 2015, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Hugh Gentry)

    Russell Knox lines up his ball on the first green during the second round of the Sony Open golf tournament, Thursday, Jan, 16, 2015, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Hugh Gentry)  (The Associated Press)

Tim Clark hit a 304-yard tee shot that set up one last birdie Friday for another 5-under 65 and a share of the early second-round lead with Troy Merritt at the Sony Open.

Hitting 300-yard drives is not a big deal these days, but it is for Clark, one of the shortest hitters on the tour. It was a testament to how well he is feeling, and how firm the fairways are getting at Waialae Country Club.

Merritt also made birdie on his last hole for a 64 to join Clark at 10-under 130.

Russell Knox had a 65 and was one shot behind among the early starters. Defending champion Jimmy Walker had his 15th straight round in the 60s in Hawaii and was two shots behind.