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Maggert, Every share two-shot lead at Waialae

January 15, 2012
By DOUG FERGUSON , The Associated Press

HONOLULU - Matt Every was more comfortable with a golf club in his hand instead of a microphone.

Starting to feel nerves from his rare position atop the leaderboard, Every steadied himself after a sluggish start and birdied his final hole Saturday at Waialae Country Club for a 2-under-par 68, leaving him tied for the lead with 47-year-old Jeff Maggert at 12-under 198 going into the final day of the Sony Open.

Maggert, who missed part of last season after surgery on his right shoulder, eagled the par-5 ninth hole for the second straight day and shot a 64 for his first good chance at winning in nearly six years.

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Jeff Maggert hits a shot on Waialae Country Club’s 16th fairway during the third round of the Sony Open on Saturday.

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Johnson Wagner (66), Charles Howell III (66) and Brendon de Jonge (67) were at 200.

Every was honest to a fault on Friday while discussing his PGA Tour suspension as a rookie in 2010 after he was arrested on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge during the John Deere Classic. He looked uncomfortable when the topic was raised in a Golf Channel interview moments later.

Every attributed a tough night of sleep to his two-shot lead, figuring he had more to lose than to gain, but when he arrived at the course, he felt as calm as the conditions.

"I actually enjoyed myself a lot today, which was kind of weird," Every said. "Because yesterday and going into today I was kind of dreading today. But then when I got out here, I was like, 'I'm so glad I get to play golf today.'

"If you play well not that interviews are bad," he said. "This is my first time really being in contention. I don't know what those guys go through every week. Now I'm starting to realize it."

Steve Stricker (67), coming off a win in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, was 8 under.

Oahu's Tadd Fujikawa (71) was at 206.



Saturday's Third Round

At Waialae Country Club

Jeff Maggert69-65-64—198-12
Matt Every66-64-68—198-12
Johnson Wagner68-66-66—200-10
Charles Howell III67-67-66—200-10
Brendon de Jonge71-62-67—200-10
D.A. Points68-69-64—201-9
Duffy Waldorf69-66-66—201-9
Scott Piercy69-68-65—202-8
Ted Potter Jr.68-68-66—202-8
Sang-Moon Bae68-68-66—202-8
Stephen Ames67-68-67—202-8
Steve Stricker66-69-67—202-8
Harrison Frazar67-68-67—202-8
Keegan Bradley67-67-68—202-8
Spencer Levin67-67-68—202-8
Sean O’Hair67-67-68—202-8
Carl Pettersson65-67-70—202-8
David Hearn66-66-70—202-8
Brian Gay69-69-65—203-7
Chris Stroud68-68-67—203-7
Graham DeLaet63-72-68—203-7
Ken Duke66-69-68—203-7
Michael Thompson70-65-68—203-7
Billy Mayfair68-67-68—203-7
John Senden68-67-68—203-7
Kris Blanks68-66-69—203-7
Doug LaBelle II66-67-70—203-7
Brendon Todd68-68-68—204-6
Will Claxton66-69-69—204-6
William McGirt67-67-70—204-6
Kyle Stanley66-68-70—204-6
Bud Cauley66-68-70—204-6
Pat Perez66-67-71—204-6
Joe Ogilvie71-68-66—205-5
George McNeill69-70-66—205-5
Jhonattan Vegas67-71-67—205-5
K.J. Choi65-73-67—205-5
Daniel Summerhays69-69-67—205-5
Corey Pavin70-67-68—205-5
Chris DiMarco70-65-70—205-5
Tom Pernice Jr.69-70-67—206-4
Kevin Chappell72-67-67—206-4
Rory Sabbatini67-71-68—206-4
Colt Knost66-71-69—206-4
J.J. Killeen68-69-69—206-4
Bobby Gates68-68-70—206-4
Josh Teater69-67-70—206-4
Jerry Kelly70-66-70—206-4
Tadd Fujikawa69-66-71—206-4
Gavin Coles69-66-71—206-4
Jonas Blixt72-67-68—207-3
Chris Kirk69-70-68—207-3
John Rollins70-68-69—207-3
Greg Owen69-69-69—207-3
Brian Harman72-66-69—207-3
John Huh72-65-70—207-3
Harris English67-70-70—207-3
Tommy Biershenk71-66-70—207-3
Koumei Oda72-65-70—207-3
Stewart Cink70-66-71—207-3
Jeff Overton69-70-69—208-2
Justin Leonard71-68-69—208-2
Webb Simpson66-72-70—208-2
Tim Herron68-71-70—209-1
Jarrod Lyle69-70-70—209-1
Erik Compton71-68-70—209-1
Vijay Singh71-67-71—209-1
Seung-yul Noh66-72-71—209-1
Zach Johnson72-65-72—209-1
Roberto Castro67-69-73—209-1
Made cut, will not finish
Billy Hurley III68-71-71—210E
Chad Campbell70-69-71—210E
Alex Aragon69-70-71—210E
Ryuji Imada71-68-71—210E
Jason Kokrak69-70-72—211+1
Tadahiro Takayama70-69-72—211+1
Alexandre Rocha70-69-72—211+1
Nathan Green69-69-74—212+2
Tommy Gainey73-66-75—214+4
Steve Wheatcroft69-68-77—214+4



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