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Birdie on final hole gives Kirk outright lead at Sony

January 12, 2014
By DOUG FERGUSON , The Associated Press

HONOLULU - A birdie on the final hole gave Chris Kirk a 5-under-par 65 and the outright Sony Open lead - and that's about it.

Cloudy conditions and only a gentle 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 for a 12-under 198 total that gave him the lead at the end of the day over Harris English (67) and Will Wilcox (64), who is playing only the third PGA Tour event of his career.

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Chris Kirk hits off Waialae Country Club’s first tee during the third round of the Sony Open on Saturday.

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Kirk and English both are going for their second win of the 2013-14 season. Kirk won the McGladrey Classic in November, and English finished the year with a victory in the OHL Classic.

Jerry Kelly (66) and Jimmy Walker (67) were 10 under.

Zach Johnson, who won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Monday at the Kapalua Plantation Course and is trying to become the first player since Ernie Els in 2003 to sweep the Hawaii swing, carded a 66 and was among the players at 201.

Fact Box


Saturday’s Results * At Honolulu
Chris Kirk64-69-65—198-12
Will Wilcox69-66-64—199-11
Harris English66-66-67—199-11
Jerry Kelly67-67-66—200-10
Jimmy Walker66-67-67—200-10
Jeff Overton68-68-65—201-9
Robert Allenby68-68-65—201-9
Retief Goosen66-69-66—201-9
Pat Perez68-67-66—201-9
Zach Johnson68-67-66—201-9
Brian Stuard65-65-71—201-9
Hideto Tanihara66-65-70—201-9
John Peterson68-69-65—202-8
Brendon Todd70-66-66—202-8
Jason Dufner67-68-67—202-8
Ryan Palmer65-70-67—202-8
Marc Leishman67-64-71—202-8
Heath Slocum69-69-65—203-7
Justin Leonard68-66-69—203-7
Hudson Swafford70-64-69—203-7
Greg Chalmers68-66-69—203-7
Matt Every69-65-69—203-7
Chris Stroud68-65-70—203-7
Sang-Moon Bae63-70-70—203-7
John Daly66-73-64—203-7
Jason Kokrak66-67-70—203-7
Kevin Na70-67-67—204-6
Spencer Levin69-69-66—204-6
Stewart Cink69-69-66—204-6
Tyrone Van Aswegen69-69-66—204-6
Matt Kuchar68-68-68—204-6
Hyung-Sung Kim70-68-66—204-6
Ben Martin67-69-68—204-6
Ryuji Imada67-69-68—204-6
Tim Herron68-70-66—204-6
Charles Howell III71-67-66—204-6
Brian Harman69-66-69—204-6
Boo Weekley67-67-70—204-6
Adam Scott67-66-71—204-6
David Hearn68-70-67—205-5
Ricky Barnes68-69-68—205-5
Billy Hurley III67-69-69—205-5
Seung-Yul Noh70-66-69—205-5
Brice Garnett67-71-67—205-5
Tim Wilkinson71-67-67—205-5
K.J. Choi67-69-69—205-5
Y.E. Yang73-66-66—205-5

Daly matched the low score of the third round with a 64 and was five back.



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