Sony Open R3

Steele takes three-stroke lead into final day

January 09-12
Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii
$6,600,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Brendan Steele will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii after a superb 64 saw him surge clear at Waialae Country Club.

Steele, who hasn’t had a PGA top-10 finish in nearly two years, and is 403rd in the World Ranking, fired his lowest round in three years and matched the week’s low round with a six-under 64 for a 12-under, 198 total after 54 holes.

“I feel like all phases of my game are as good as they’ve ever been,” Steele said.


“I need to stick with everything I’m doing and keep the pedal down, just keep doing what I’m doing and hope it’s enough.”

Steele has led after 54 holes four times in his career but has only converted one of these into a win at the 2011 Texas Open. He also won the 2016 and 2017 Safeway Opens at Napa, California.

Australia’s Cameron Smith sits three off the lead after a third-round 66, with Kevin Kisner matching Steele’s six-under 64 to lie third on eight under.

Scotland’s Russell Knox fell down the leaderboard with a level-par 70 that saw him remain five under, enough for a share of 11th place.

Smith is among the Australian players donating some of their winnings this week to the brushfire relief effort in his home country.

The Presidents Cup and US PGA each announced $125,000 donations Saturday to the Australian fire relief effort.

“It’s amazing what they are doing. It means a lot to me personally that they are doing that. It’s a huge effort from everyone,” Marc Leishman said.


“You do feel helpless. We’re over here playing golf for a living and they are fighting for their lives.

“But we’re doing what we can and donating to that need. They’ve got homes to rebuild, lives to rebuild, and they need all the help we can give them.”


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Sony Open R2

Tours
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Brendan Steele
USA
-12
68
66
64
198
2
Cameron Smith
AUS
-9
70
65
66
201
3
Kevin Kisner
USA
-8
69
69
64
202
T4
Webb Simpson
USA
-7
71
66
66
203
T4
Collin Morikawa
USA
-7
65
70
68
203
T4
Ryan Palmer
USA
-7
67
68
68
203
T7
Mark Anderson
USA
-6
72
68
64
204
T7
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-6
69
68
67
204
T7
Bo Hoag
USA
-6
70
65
69
204
T7
Keegan Bradley
USA
-6
69
66
69
204
T11
Charles Howell III
USA
-5
72
67
66
205
T11
Henrik Norlander
SWE
-5
71
66
68
205
T11
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-5
68
67
70
205
T11
Russell Knox
SCO
-5
70
65
70
205
T11
Cameron Davis
AUS
-5
68
66
71
205
T16
Nick Taylor
CAN
-4
70
69
67
206
T16
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-4
70
69
67
206
T16
Peter Malnati
USA
-4
72
66
68
206
T16
Tom Hoge
USA
-4
71
68
67
206
T16
Patrick Rodgers
USA
-4
68
69
69
206
T16
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
-4
67
69
70
206
T16
Ben Martin
USA
-4
73
68
65
206
T23
Brendon Todd
USA
-3
68
70
69
207
T23
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-3
71
69
67
207
T23
Zach Johnson
USA
-3
69
68
70
207
T23
Tim Wilkinson
NZL
-3
68
69
70
207
T23
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-3
75
66
66
207
T23
Pat Perez
USA
-3
68
73
66
207
T23
Rob Oppenheim
USA
-3
70
65
72
207
T30
Corey Conners
CAN
-2
68
71
69
208
T30
Nate Lashley
USA
-2
70
69
69
208
T30
Michael Thompson
USA
-2
70
69
69
208
T30
Brandt Snedeker
USA
-2
72
67
69
208
T30
Matt Jones
AUS
-2
67
71
70
208
T30
D. J. Trahan
USA
-2
69
68
71
208
T30
Joel Dahmen
USA
-2
74
66
68
208
T30
Lanto Griffin
USA
-2
71
69
68
208
T30
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-2
74
67
67
208
T30
Sam Ryder
USA
-2
67
68
73
208
T30
Jimmy Walker
USA
-2
70
71
67
208
T41
Marc Leishman
AUS
-1
68
70
71
209
T41
Alexander Noren
SWE
-1
69
69
71
209
T41
Matthew NeSmith
USA
-1
71
69
69
209
T41
Abraham Ancer
USA
-1
69
71
69
209
T41
Michael Gellerman
USA
-1
69
67
73
209
T41
Andrew Putnam
USA
-1
69
67
73
209
T41
Daniel Berger
USA
-1
70
70
69
209
T48
Scott Piercy
USA
Par
70
69
71
210
T48
Brian Harman
USA
Par
68
68
74
210
T50
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
1
69
70
72
211
T50
Rikuya Hoshino
JPN
1
73
67
71
211
T50
Kramer Hickok
USA
1
72
68
71
211
T50
Chase Seiffert
USA
1
71
69
71
211
T50
Hudson Swafford
USA
1
69
67
75
211
T50
Jerry Kelly
USA
1
70
70
71
211
T50
Scott Harrington
USA
1
69
71
71
211
T50
Talor Gooch
USA
1
70
71
70
211
T58
Rhein Gibson
AUS
2
70
69
73
212
T58
Joseph Bramlett
USA
2
73
67
72
212
T58
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
2
72
69
71
212
T58
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
2
71
70
71
212
T62
Zac Blair
USA
3
72
67
74
213
T62
Brian Stuard
USA
3
73
68
72
213
T62
Harry Higgs
USA
3
73
68
72
213
65
Sepp Straka
AUT
5
70
69
76
215
66
Mikumu Horikawa
JPN
6
73
67
76
216
CUT
Chris Kirk
USA
2
70
72
142
CUT
Kyle Stanley
USA
2
70
72
142
CUT
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
2
71
71
142
CUT
Aaron Wise
USA
2
70
72
142
CUT
Matt Kuchar
USA
2
69
73
142
CUT
Anirban Lahiri
IND
2
72
70
142
CUT
Nelson Ledesma
ARG
2
74
68
142
CUT
Chris Baker
USA
2
72
70
142
CUT
Rico Hoey
USA
2
74
68
142
CUT
Vince Covello
USA
2
72
70
142
CUT
Adam Schenk
USA
2
72
70
142
CUT
Parker McLachlin
USA
2
74
68
142
CUT
Bud Cauley
USA
2
72
70
142
CUT
Sebastian Munoz
COL
2
72
70
142
CUT
Adam Long
USA
2
72
70
142
CUT
Roger Sloan
CAN
3
74
69
143
CUT
Jamie Lovemark
USA
3
72
71
143
CUT
Charley Hoffman
USA
3
71
72
143
CUT
Brice Garnett
USA
3
73
70
143
CUT
Justin Thomas
USA
3
72
71
143
CUT
Brandon Hagy
USA
3
72
71
143
CUT
Troy Merritt
USA
3
75
68
143
CUT
Patrick Reed
USA
3
69
74
143
CUT
J. T. Poston
USA
3
72
71
143
CUT
Chez Reavie
USA
3
73
70
143
CUT
Kevin Tway
USA
3
72
71
143
CUT
Brian Gay
USA
3
72
71
143
CUT
Xinjun Zhang
CHN
3
73
70
143
CUT
Ben Taylor
ENG
3
73
70
143
CUT
Scott Brown
USA
4
74
70
144
CUT
Jason Dufner
USA
4
71
73
144
CUT
James Hahn
USA
4
69
75
144
CUT
Chesson Hadley
USA
4
77
67
144
CUT
Graham DeLaet
CAN
4
72
72
144
CUT
Patton Kizzire
USA
4
70
74
144
CUT
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
4
74
70
144
CUT
Ryan Armour
USA
4
72
72
144
CUT
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
4
76
68
144
CUT
David Hearn
CAN
4
72
72
144
CUT
Tyler Duncan
USA
5
74
71
145
CUT
Keith Mitchell
USA
5
73
72
145
CUT
Russell Henley
USA
5
76
69
145
CUT
Cameron Percy
AUS
5
73
72
145
CUT
Martin Trainer
USA
5
72
73
145
CUT
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
5
74
71
145
CUT
Kazuki Higa
JPN
5
74
71
145
CUT
Doc Redman
USA
6
77
69
146
CUT
Ryuko Tokimatsu
JPN
6
74
72
146
CUT
Vijay Singh
FIJ
6
71
75
146
CUT
Hank Lebioda
USA
6
74
72
146
CUT
Will Gordon
USA
6
74
72
146
CUT
Tyler McCumber
USA
6
74
72
146
CUT
Colt Knost
USA
7
76
71
147
CUT
Tyler Ota
USA
7
74
73
147
CUT
Jared Sawada
USA
7
74
73
147
CUT
Sam Burns
USA
7
72
75
147
CUT
Luke List
USA
8
76
72
148
CUT
Robby Shelton
USA
8
76
72
148
CUT
Vincent Whaley
USA
8
81
67
148
CUT
Doug Ghim
USA
8
73
75
148
CUT
Eric Dugas
USA
9
71
78
149
CUT
Shugo Imahira
JPN
9
78
71
149
CUT
J. J. Spaun
USA
9
74
75
149
CUT
Tomoyo Ikemura
JPN
9
76
73
149
CUT
Toru Nakajima
JPN
9
74
75
149
CUT
Robert Streb
USA
10
75
75
150
CUT
Alex Beach
USA
11
81
70
151
CUT
Fabian Gomez
ARG
11
74
77
151
CUT
Jim Herman
USA
11
71
80
151
CUT
Kristoffer Ventura
NOR
11
74
77
151
CUT
Michael Gligic
CAN
11
76
75
151
CUT
Bo Van Pelt
USA
12
76
76
152
CUT
Andrew Landry
USA
13
77
76
153
CUT
Smylie Kaufman
USA
13
78
75
153
CUT
Rafael Campos
PRI
14
78
76
154
CUT
Ryan Brehm
USA
14
81
73
154
CUT
Mark Hubbard
USA
15
78
77
155
RET
Matthew Every
USA
Par
73
66
139
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