HONOLULU (AP) — A birdie on the final hole gave Chris Kirk a 5-under 65 and the outright lead in the Sony Open, and that’s about it.
Cloudy conditions and only a gentle, Pacific breeze meant just about everyone was in the mix at Waialae Country Club — even John Daly. At one point, there was a six-way tie for the lead Saturday in the third round. An hour later, 14 players were separated by a single shot.
Kirk got up-and-down from a bunker on the par-5 18th hole, making a 10-foot birdie putt that gave him the lead over Harris English (67) and PGA Tour rookie Will Wilcox (64), who is playing only the third PGA Tour event of his career.
Kirk was at 12-under 198.
Daly matched the low score of the third round with a 64 and was five shots behind. Masters champion Adam Scott wasn’t making up any ground, dropped two shots late in his round and finished with a two-putt birdie for a 71 and was two shots behind.
A dozen players were separated by three shots going into Sunday, a group that includes Kapalua winner Zach Johnson as he tries to become the first player since Ernie Els in 2003 to sweep the Hawaii swing.
Former Sony Open champion Jerry Kelly (66) and Jimmy Walker (67) were at 10-under 200, while the group at 201 included Robert Allenby (65), Pat Perez (66), Retief Goosen (66) and Johnson, who had a 66. Brian Stuard, who had a one-shot lead going into the third round, had a 71 and also was still only three shots behind.
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — England’s Tommy Fleetwood birdied the last hole for 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Volvo Golf Champions.
Fleetwood had a 110-under 206 total at Durban Country Club.
France’s Victor Dubuisson (69) and Dutchman Joost Luiten (70) were tied for second. Defending champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa was 8-under after a 71.