Tom Hoge leads by a shot at 16-under
Tom Hoge entered the third round three shots away from Brian Harman, Friday’s leader for a share of the second position on the board, which was totally turned by Hoge with his bogey-free six-under 64 today and he now leads the same by a shot over Brian Harman and Patton Kizzire, at Waialae Country Club.
Hoge played solid whole day, making four birdies on opening 10 holes, followed by six pars to keep up with the leaders. At the 17th he dropped a birdie from 40 feet to get to 15 under and followed it with another on the 18th to take the lead all by himself.
“Yeah, 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,” Hoge said. “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.”
Friday’s leader Harman is joined by Patton Kizzire, who climbed five spots up for a share of the second position on the board, one-shot away from the leader Hoge. Kizzire posted six-under 64, the most impressive round of the day, despite a double-bogey on the opening hole, and adding five consecutive birdies from the sixth to the 10th holes.
“I just want to stay patient until I get hot. That’s what I say at home. That’s what I say to my caddie,” Kizzire said. “I told him after I made double, I said, well, I’m not trying to not mess up anymore. Sometimes you go out there, and you’re just trying not to mess up, which is a terrible mindset, but guys do it. So I went ahead and messed up and took advantage of the freewheeling after that.”
The defending champion Justin Thomas climbed eight spots up for a T-9th finish on Saturday with a four-under 66 round consisting an eagle on the par-4 second, five birdies, and three bogeys. Thomas is joined by Sam Saunders, Webb Simpson, Brian Stuart, and Talor Gooch.
The most amazing shots for the day consisted a hole in one by Tony Finau on the par-3 17th and an eagle on the par-5 9th by Ollie Schniederjans.