Sony Open. Chris Kirk is the King. January 12 2014
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Chris took control of the Sony Open on Saturday as he fired a -5 under par third round 65 to take a one stroke lead going into the final day, with his -12 under par tournament total.
Chris spoke about how tight this competition is;"When it's so close like that, everybody is going to be making some birdies here and there, so I probably won't look at leaderboards as much as I normally would. A lot of courses I think lend themselves to you need to know what your position is going into any given hole, but out here, I don't think that's really the case. They're just so volatile with guys making birdies and bogeys. I'll just probably try to keep my head down and make as many birdies as I can." Second place is being shared by Will Wilcox and Harris English, both at -11 under par. Will, said he does not know what to expect, but is delighted to be in the mix; "I didn't know what was going to happen this week, making the cut was a dream come true. Playing good on Saturday was a dream come true. Getting to have a decent shot tomorrow is ridiculous. I saw I was beating James Hahn by two or three. He was like 51st and I was in 13th or something, you've just got to play tight and make a couple of clutch putts, which I did today. I don't know. We'll see." Harris mentioned how tough it is, and he is happy to be in with a shot at the title; "It was just kind of `Grind it til you find it.' this course is tough. It's hard to hit the fairways, and you've just got to be a wizard around the greens, and that's kind of how I approached today. I didn't have my best golf, but I scraped it around at three under par and I'm still in this golf tournament." Next in line at -10 under par are Jerry Kelly and Jimmy Walker. Robert Allenby made only five cuts in 24 tournaments last year and had to use an exemption from career money (top 25) to get his card. Robert is currently tied in sixth place, at -9 under par, with six other players. He said the turn around for him came with playing his local club with the old boy's, who will not give him an inch; "I've been playing the guys at Admiral's Cove, all the 60-year-olds, and they make me putt out because they're like waiting for me to miss. I keep shooting 7, 8, 9 under and stuff with them. They've put me in a good mental state for out here on tour." There are eleven players within three shots of the lead here at the Waialae Country Club, so the Sony Open title is still very much in the balance. Someone is going to have a very good round tomorrow.