Sony Open R3

Brendan Steele takes lead heading into final round

January 14-17
Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii
$6,600,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4




One year after losing to Cameron Smith in a playoff, Brendan Steele shot the lowest score of his PGA career and took a two-shot lead in the Sony Open with a 9-under 61.


”You hope that you come back and you play well and erase whatever negative memories there are,” said Steele. ”But all the memories are pretty positive. Playing great here last year was good, and I’m excited for the challenge tomorrow. I know it’s going to be really tough. Guys are coming after me. But I’ll just do my best and hopefully it will be enough.”

Round 1 leader and last week’s runner-up Joaquin Niemann was outside the top-10 until he birdied the par-3 17th and eagled the 18th for a 63 to finish two shots behind Steele.



“The eagle was huge. I wasn’t really satisfied on my first 16 holes. I thought I was playing great. I thought I could put myself in a better position, and then finishing that way and making eagle on 18 made me really happy and gave me a bit of motivation for tomorrow,” said Niemann.

“I took a lot of experience from last week. I’m just going to try to put everything I took from last week into this week and hopefully try to win it. I’m playing great. Just need to keep doing the same stuff I’ve been doing these two weeks and hopefully get a good round tomorrow, and you never know.”


Kevin Na started his round five shots off the lead but matched his career-low round with a 61 to tie with Niemann at 16-under.

“I played great. I made my share of putts. But on 17, you’re thinking, OK, I make birdie here, eagle the last and I have a 59 and how often do you get a chance for that magic number,” said Na. “And it’s definitely in your head. If you’re a professional golfer, it’s in your head. It was fun and exciting. Unfortunately, we misread that putt totally.

”The golf course is so gettable that somebody can go shoot 8 or 9 under. Yeah, I am in a good position but it’s what you shoot Sunday. I’m still going to need a low one tomorrow.”



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Overnight leader Nick Taylor, who led by two shots after round 2, made four birdies and two bogeys to close with a 68 and lies tied in ninth place at 14-under.

Ten players scored 64 or better on Saturday and the average score of 66.7 set a new record for the Sony Open.

Heavy rain is forecast for Sunday and starting times have been moved up by two hours with hopes of finishing before it starts.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Brendan Steele
-18
65
66
61
192
T2
Kevin Na
-16
67
66
61
194
T2
Joaquin Niemann
-16
62
69
63
194
T4
Stewart Cink
-15
67
63
65
195
T4
Russell Henley
-15
66
64
65
195
T4
Charley Hoffman
-15
66
65
64
195
T4
Chris Kirk
-15
65
65
65
195
T4
Peter Malnati
-15
62
69
64
195
T9
Daniel Berger
-14
64
68
64
196
T9
Marc Leishman
-14
66
65
65
196
T9
Keith Mitchell
-14
71
62
63
196
T9
Nick Taylor
-14
66
62
68
196
T13
Aaron Baddeley
-13
64
68
65
197
T13
Billy Horschel
-13
65
66
66
197
T13
Hideki Matsuyama
-13
66
65
66
197
T13
Webb Simpson
-13
65
65
67
197
T17
Nick Hardy
-12
69
63
66
198
T17
Patton Kizzire
-12
64
69
65
198
T17
Anirban Lahiri
-12
69
65
64
198
T17
Collin Morikawa
-12
66
65
67
198
T17
Robby Shelton
-12
66
67
65
198
T17
Vaughn Taylor
-12
64
66
68
198
T23
James Hahn
-11
68
65
66
199
T23
Mackenzie Hughes
-11
65
69
65
199
T23
Matt Jones
-11
69
67
63
199
T23
Si Woo Kim
-11
64
70
65
199
T23
Jason Kokrak
-11
62
71
66
199
T28
Ryan Armour
-10
69
66
65
200
T28
Sergio Garcia
-10
70
66
64
200
T28
Lanto Griffin
-10
68
65
67
200
T28
Kramer Hickok
-10
67
68
65
200
T28
Mark Hubbard
-10
66
68
66
200
T28
Kevin Kisner
-10
69
67
64
200
T28
Carlos Ortiz
-10
66
67
67
200
T28
Ryan Palmer
-10
70
65
65
200
T28
Hudson Swafford
-10
65
68
67
200
T28
Michael Thompson
-10
66
68
66
200
T28
Brendon Todd
-10
70
64
66
200
T39
K.J. Choi
-9
67
65
69
201
T39
Cameron Davis
-9
68
66
67
201
T39
Harris English
-9
70
64
67
201
T39
Brice Garnett
-9
66
68
67
201
T39
Charles Howell III
-9
67
68
66
201
T39
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
-9
69
66
66
201
T39
Cameron Smith
-9
67
66
68
201
T39
Sepp Straka
-9
69
66
66
201
T47
Wesley Bryan
-8
68
67
67
202
T47
Austin Cook
-8
68
66
68
202
T47
Brian Harman
-8
66
69
67
202
T47
Jim Herman
-8
64
69
69
202
T47
Pat Perez
-8
68
65
69
202
T47
Brian Stuard
-8
66
67
69
202
T47
Mike Weir
-8
68
66
68
202
T54
Scott Brown
-7
70
66
67
203
T54
Jim Furyk
-7
69
66
68
203
T54
Emiliano Grillo
-7
66
70
67
203
T54
Harry Higgs
-7
65
71
67
203
T54
Troy Merritt
-7
66
67
70
203
T54
Adam Scott
-7
69
64
70
203
T60
Brian Gay
-6
67
69
68
204
T60
Sungjae Im
-6
68
68
68
204
T60
Zach Johnson
-6
71
65
68
204
T60
Satoshi Kodaira
-6
69
66
69
204
T60
Nelson Ledesma
-6
67
66
71
204
T60
Sebastián Muñoz
-6
66
70
68
204
T66
Chris Baker
-5
69
67
69
205
T66
Jerry Kelly
-5
68
68
69
205
T66
Michael Kim
-5
67
69
69
205
T66
Ryosuke Kinoshita
-5
68
68
69
205
T66
Chez Reavie
-5
68
68
69
205
71
Martin Trainer
-4
70
66
70
206
T72
Jamie Lovemark
-3
68
68
71
207
T72
Robert Streb
-3
69
66
72
207
CUT
Abraham Ancer
-3
69
68
137
CUT
Bronson Burgoon
-3
71
66
137
CUT
Talor Gooch
-3
70
67
137
CUT
David Hearn
-3
65
72
137
CUT
Bo Hoag
-3
71
66
137
CUT
Tom Hoge
-3
65
72
137
CUT
Takumi Kanaya
-3
70
67
137
CUT
Cheng Tsung Pan
-3
65
72
137
CUT
Sam Ryder
-3
68
69
137
CUT
Chase Seiffert
-3
65
72
137
CUT
Roger Sloan
-3
67
70
137
CUT
J.J. Spaun
-3
71
66
137
CUT
Tim Wilkinson
-3
69
68
137
CUT
Erik van Rooyen
-3
67
70
137
CUT
William Gordon
-2
68
70
138
CUT
Sung Kang
-2
66
72
138
CUT
Matt Kuchar
-2
70
68
138
CUT
Danny Lee
-2
69
69
138
CUT
William McGirt
-2
68
70
138
CUT
Henrik Norlander
-2
65
73
138
CUT
Seamus Power
-2
70
68
138
CUT
Ben Taylor
-2
68
70
138
CUT
D.J. Trahan
-2
71
67
138
CUT
Nick Watney
-2
71
67
138
CUT
Richy Werenski
-2
72
66
138
CUT
Y.E. Yang
-2
69
69
138
CUT
Xinjun Zhang
-2
69
69
138
CUT
Keegan Bradley
-1
70
69
139
CUT
Rafael Campos
-1
69
70
139
CUT
Andres Gonzales
-1
72
67
139
CUT
Hank Lebioda
-1
72
67
139
CUT
Luke List
-1
72
67
139
CUT
Matthew NeSmith
-1
69
70
139
CUT
Rob Oppenheim
-1
69
70
139
CUT
J.T. Poston
-1
65
74
139
CUT
Ted Potter, Jr.
-1
68
71
139
CUT
MJ Daffue
E
67
73
140
CUT
Russell Knox
E
70
70
140
CUT
Scott Piercy
E
71
69
140
CUT
Andrew Putnam
E
71
69
140
CUT
Rory Sabbatini
E
72
68
140
CUT
Kyle Stanley
E
67
73
140
CUT
Kevin Tway
E
70
70
140
CUT
Matt Every
1
67
74
141
CUT
Doug Ghim
1
72
69
141
CUT
Bill Haas
1
75
66
141
CUT
Bo Van Pelt
1
69
72
141
CUT
Mark Anderson
2
69
73
142
CUT
Michael Gligic
2
72
70
142
CUT
Hunter Mahan
2
73
69
142
CUT
Grayson Murray
2
67
75
142
CUT
Vijay Singh
2
69
73
142
CUT
Brandt Snedeker
2
73
69
142
CUT
Jimmy Walker
2
73
69
142
CUT
Eric Dugas
3
71
72
143
CUT
Rhein Gibson
3
69
74
143
CUT
Andrew Landry
3
70
73
143
CUT
Davis Love III
3
69
74
143
CUT
Adam Schenk
3
71
72
143
CUT
Branden Grace
4
69
75
144
CUT
Fabián Gómez
4
71
73
144
CUT
Brandon Hagy
4
73
71
144
CUT
In-Hoi Hur
4
71
73
144
CUT
Ryo Ishikawa
4
70
74
144
CUT
Jinichiro Kozuma
4
69
75
144
CUT
Shane Bertsch
5
71
74
145
CUT
Tyler McCumber
5
72
73
145
CUT
Parker McLachlin
5
70
75
145
CUT
Michael Gellerman
6
72
74
146
CUT
Evan Kawai (a)
7
74
73
147
CUT
Nate Lashley
9
74
75
149
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