Sony Open in Hawaii. Tom Hoge Has 54 Hole Lead.


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Tom Hoge has the 54 hole lead at the Sony Open in Hawaii after 54 holes  at Waialae Country Club.

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There was a false incoming missile alert, but that didn’t bother Tom Hoge as he carded a bogey free -6 under 64 to top the Sony Open in Hawaii leaderboard at -16 under par, and will take a one shot advantage into the final round tomorrow;

“A new position, it’s a good one, obviously.”

“I’ve been close to the lead a few times in the fall, so a little bit to draw on there.”

“Haven’t quite pulled it off yet. Just getting a little more belief in myself and hopefully, tomorrow will be a better day for me.”

Tied in second place at -15 under par are Patton Kizzire, also -6 under 64 today and the long time leader of the competition Brian Harman, who could only manage -2 under 68 in his third round.

The Sony Open in Hawaii leaderboard is very congested so anyone shooting low tomorrow is in with a good chance of victory.

It took the authorities 38 minutes to inform everyone that the missile alarm was a mistake.

 

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Sony Open in Hawaii. Brian Harman Leads

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Brian Harman, USA, leads the Sony Open in Hawaii at the half-way stage at Waialae Country Club.

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Brian shot a -7 under par 63, which included one bogey, to lead the Sony Open in Hawaii by three strokes going into he week-end, for Brian it is all about the putter, and a Titleist ball, the first time he used one he won the  Wells Fargo Championship;

“The wind doesn’t seem to take it as much.”

“That’s just a personal thing for me. I feel like I did when I was a kid again. I felt like I was a better ball striker when I was a kid.”

“I’m starting to get some of those feelings back.”

“I’m making putts, but I’m also putting myself in position to make those putts.”

“I’m getting a bunch of looks. I’m not making everything I’m looking at, but I’m hitting a lot of good putts and made a few.”

“I’m just going to show up tomorrow and try to hit the first tee shot best you can and go from there.”

Nearest challengers are at -10 under par, and there are five of them, Zach Johnson, -3 under 67 today, John Peterson,-6 under 64, Tom Hoge, -5 under 65, Chris Kirk, -3 under 67 and Talor Gooch, -4 under 66.

John has a good attitude, and wants to keep his playing card;

“If my attitude is good, I’m going to play good.”

“I’ve never been in a better spot lifestyle-wise than I am right now, so that probably has a lot to do with it.”

“I’ve got eight events to make $350,000. If I do, great. If I don’t, who cares? I’m just out here free-wheeling.”

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Sony Open in Hawaii. Two Tied at the Top

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There are two players tied at the top of the Sony Open in Hawaii after the first round at  Waialae Country Club in Hawaii. Zach Johnson and Chris Kirk share the honor.

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Zach, who delayed his arrival in Hawaii because of a bout of flu, and Chris both carded -7 under par 63, both bogey free, to top the Sony Open in Hawaii leaderboard.

Zach told reporters about his fitness problems;

“I was not right getting on the plane to come here. I am one that likes to prepare.”

“I got here Friday, and I touched a golf club Saturday through Wednesday. Saturday was awful.”

“It was about a three-hour session. It was at least two hours too many because I was not right.”

“My legs were shot and my back hurt.”

Chris has sorted out his problems with the putter;

“The real reason I didn’t play well last year is I’ve had my worst putting year I had since I’ve been on TOUR.”

“I actually hit it fine, but I’m not somebody that’s going to overpower a golf course ever.”

“My game is hit fairways, hit irons close, and make some putts.”

“To have a year like that where I really struggled putting made it very difficult mentally and difficult in every possible way that it could.”

Four players are then tied in fourth position at -6 under par after rounds of 64; Vaughn Taylor, Kyle Stanley, Talor Gooch and Brian Harman.

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Tournament of Champions. DJ Wins By 8.

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DJ. World #1 Dustin Johnson of the USA wins the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii by 8 shots, totally destroying the rest of the field.

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DJ cruised to victory in the Tournament of Champions with a final round -8 under par 65, to post a -24 under par total on the Plantation Course. At this rate Dustin should easily win every tournament he enters this year; scary;

“When I’m out there playing the only thing I’m focused on is the shot that I got to hit next. If my mind’s wandering and thinking about other things, then I’m not going to have a good day.”

“But if I can stay focused just on what I’m supposed to be doing, the shot I want to hit, and the next shot that I’m going to hit, then that’s how I have success.”

“Golf is so funny, it really doesn’t matter what you did yesterday.”

“This game, it changes very, very easily. So, for me, it’s just all about pushing forward, and you can’t change anything that happened in the past. You can only control what you’re going to do.”

For the record Jon Rahm, of Spain claimed second place at -16 under par, he carded a last round -4 under 69.

Brian Harman ended up with third position, a final round -1 under 72 no way near where he should have been, but at least he can console himself with 3rd position at -15 under par.

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Tournament of Champions. DJ Leads by 2.

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DJ, Dustin Johnson, the World #1 leads the Tournament of Champions by two shots after 54 holes on the Plantation Course in Hawaii.

Johnson holds two-shot lead at Sentry TOC

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DJ fired a third round -7 under par 66 to top the Tournament of Champions leaderboard in Hawaii, throwing in an Eagle 2 at the par four 12th hole for good measure. He has a two shot lead going into the final round tomorrow, at -16 under par, but the wind will be at it’s worst.

Brian Harman is those two shots back at -14 under par, and very much in contention in this tournament, carding -4 under par 69 today;

“I can’t control what Dustin does. He’s a fabulous player.”

“He’s going to be really hard to beat tomorrow, but trying to do something I’m not capable of is not the way to do it.”

Getting everyone’s attention was third placed Jon Rahm, from Spain, who went birdie, Eagle,  birdie, par, birdie in his last five holes to also post -7 under par 66 today, claiming third position on his own at -12 under par.

Jon wants to start better tomorrow, but bogey free like today would be good;

“Being bogey-free, it shows I haven’t made many mistakes, and the mistakes I made I was able to fix.”

“Hopefully, I can play good down the stretch like I’ve been doing, just start a little better on the front nine.” 

“I told my caddie when we first started working together that I don’t play well on Bermuda.”

“I had a hard time reading the greens, chipping. I had to change the way I chipped for Bermuda.”

Ricky Fowler and Jason Dufner are a further shot back tied at -11 under, and if the wind does play havoc tomorrow, could be in with a chance. Ricky carded -5 under 68 for his third round while Jason signed for -4 under 69.

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Tournament of Champions. Two Tied at the Top.

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Two players are tied at the top of the Tournament of Champions leaderboard after 36 holes at the Plantation Course in Hawaii, Marc Leishman, Australia and Brian Harman, USA, share the honor.

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Marc was bogey free today with his -4 under 69, while Brian carded -5 under 68, which included two bogey’s, to join him at the top of the Tournament of Champions leaderboard at -10 under par for the two rounds completed.

Marc likes to win;

“I don’t really need to change anything. Certainly, going to play to win.”

“I mean that’s what we are here for and after last year getting a taste for it, it would be nice to do it again as soon as possible.”

“It would be nice to just keep playing the way I’m playing and hopefully seal up the TOUR Championship earlier so you can go into the FedExCup Playoffs not thinking about getting into the TOUR Championship, you’re thinking about winning tournaments.”

World #1 Dustin Johnson, USA, holds third place at -9 under par following his second round -5 under par 68, and he is happy with the way he is playing;

 “It sets up well. It’s windy, so you really have to strike the ball well.”

 “I think that’s a big factor out here, especially with all this wind. You hit solid shots, you can control it and you can hit some good ones. It’s the miss-hits when the wind’s blowing this hard that can really take it way off-line.”

“So I feel like I strike the ball very well and I control my distance pretty well. And it’s a lot of feel around here. You hardly ever hit full shots, I feel like. So I kind of like it.”

Three players then share fourth spot at -8 under, Pat Perez, and Chris Stroud, both recording 7 under 66 today, and both from the USA, they are joined by Jhonattan  Vegas from Venezuela, he signed for a second round -3 under par 70. 

Pat was upset at a couple of mistakes he made today;

 “Stupid double on eight, that pissed me off.”

“Didn’t make a birdie on nine, which sucks.”

“Didn’t realize I shot six under on the back.” 

“I still can’t believe what’s transpired in the last 17 months, but I’m just trying to enjoy every day of it. I’m having a blast.”

 

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Tournament of Champions. Marc Leishman Leads 1st Round.

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Marc Leishman leads the Tournament of Champions after the 1st round at the Plantation Course in Hawaii.

Leishman thrives in windy first round at Sentry

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Marc shot an opening round -6 under 67 to lead the Tournament of Champions by one shot, on a very windy day in Hawaii.

Marc is used to the wind, coming from the coastal town of Warrnambool in Australia;

“Every day it was windy down there. It would be a calm day down there and I wouldn’t know what to do and would play terrible,”

“Just basically every round of golf I played until I was 15 was in a really strong wind.”

“I just didn’t know any different and it actually took me some time when I got over here to find my feet when it wasn’t windy.”

Sharing second place at -5 under after rounds of 68 are Brian Harman, USA, and Jhonattan Vegas, from Venezuela.

Brian was bogey free on the day;

“Whenever you get to count on your birdies, you’re doing something good, especially in tough conditions.”

“I’m very happy with it. Did I expect it? Most rounds I don’t go bogey-free, so I did not expect it.”

“But you have to dial it back just a little bit on days like today to make sure that you stay in play and I was able to do that.”

World #1 Dustin Johnson is tied in fourth place with Rickie Fowler, both from the USA and Si Woo Kim, South Korea, all three at -4 under par with rounds of 69.

Dustin had a poor day with the putter;

“Definitely missed some putts, but I felt like I hit good putts, just didn’t have quite enough speed and lipped out a few on the low side.”

 “But other than that, it was really solid.”

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