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Chris Kirk watches his drive off the 12th tee during the third round of the Sony Open golf tournament at Waialae Country Club, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
Kirk takes narrow lead
Golf » Sixteen golfers within four strokes of lead at Sony Open.
First Published Jan 11 2014 09:34 pm • Last Updated Jan 11 2014 11:25 pm

Honolulu • A birdie on the final hole gave Chris Kirk a 5-under 65 and the outright lead in the Sony Open, and that’s about it.

Cloudy conditions and only a gentle, Pacific 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.

At a glance

Leaderboard

Sony Open

Chris Kirk -12

Will Wilcox -11

Harris English -11

Jerry Kelly -10

Jimmy Walker -10

Also

Daniel Summerhays -3

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Kirk got up-and-down from a bunker on the par-5 18th hole, making a 10-foot birdie putt that gave him the lead over Harris English (67) and PGA Tour rookie Will Wilcox (64), who is playing only the third PGA Tour event of his career.

Kirk was at 12-under 198.

Daly matched the low score of the third round with a 64 and was five shots behind. Masters champion Adam Scott wasn’t making up any ground, dropped two shots late in his round and finished with a two-putt birdie for a 71 and was two shots behind.

A dozen players were separated by three shots going into Sunday, a group that includes Kapalua winner Zach Johnson as he tries to become the first player since Ernie Els in 2003 to sweep the Hawaii swing.

Volvo Golf Champions

Durban, South Africa • England’s Tommy Fleetwood birdied the last hole for 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Volvo Golf Champions.

Fleetwood had a 110-under 206 total at Durban Country Club.


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