SBS Tournament of Champions Notebook

Roll Tide

Justin Thomas, leading the SBS Tournament of Champions by two strokes going into the final round, is hoping for two wins in two days.

The 2013 graduate of the University of Alabama will be rooting for the Crimson Tide in Monday’s College Football Playoff title game.

“I’m sure coach (Nick) Saban is really following me along (here),” Thomas said Saturday. “No, I don’t know. I’m already a little nervous, but I will be really nervous come Monday. I’m confident in the Tide and the preparation that they’re doing that they’ll be OK if they play well and do what they need to do.”

In his official PGA Tour biography, Thomas says the top item on his “bucket list” is to watch “the ‘Bama football team win a national championship in person.”

He will be on Oahu in preparation for the Sony Open when the Tide take the field.

“I will probably just watch it in the same place I did last year, just a place in Waikiki,” Thomas said. “I got some guys playing, Trey Mullinax and Bud Cauley — they are buddies of mine who went to ‘Bama, so it will be pretty rowdy.”


Spieth finds positives

Defending champion Jordan Spieth is 8 under despite two double bogeys and a triple bogey in the last two rounds. He has five bogeys in 54 holes.

Spieth had been 48 under in eight rounds on the Plantation Course before this week.

“It’s just obviously on this golf course with how wide the fairways are and how big the greens are, you really should not play many over-par holes,” he said.

Spieth still likes his takeaway from this week.

“It’s close. It’s really close,” he said. “Just a little bit of bad timing and a couple bad breaks that I didn’t have last year.”


Qualifying bid

Seabury Hall graduate Alex Chiarella will play in today’s Sony Open prequalifier. The top 40 and ties will move on to Monday’s qualifying round, which will send five players to the official field at Waialae Country Club — both rounds are at Hoakalei Country Club.

Chiarella is a former Maui Interscholastic League champion who played collegiately at the University of San Diego.


Plenty under par

Of the 96 total rounds completed through Saturday, 85 were under par.

All but two players were under par in the third round — Mackenzie Hughes had an even-par 73, and Aaron Baddeley shot 74.



‘If I do get it done, ask me tomorrow and I’ll let you know.’

— Justin Thomas, on what a win would do to set up the rest of his season