Hoge’s steady round leads to one-shot lead at Waialae

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By DOUG FERGUSON, The Associated Press

HONOLULU — A false missile alert didn’t bother Tom Hoge, and he was just as steady on the golf course with two late birdies Saturday for a 6-under 64 and a one-shot lead in the Sony Open as he goes for his first PGA Tour victory.

Hoge holed a 40-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th to tie for the lead, and then got up-and-down from 40 yards away in a bunker on Waialae Country Club’s par-5 18th.

Hoge was at 16-under 194, one shot ahead of Brian Harman (68) and Patton Kizzire, who recovered from a double bogey on his opening hole and shot 64. Another shot behind was Kyle Stanley (65).

Seven players were separated by four shots, a big difference from a year ago when Justin Thomas led by seven going into the final round of his wire-to-wire victory.

“There’s a lot of birdies out there,” Kizzire said. “You just have to make the most.”

Thomas had a wild start — bogey on No. 1, holing out from 175 yards for eagle on No. 2, another bogey on No. 3. He settled down for a 66 and was six shots back, with other eight players ahead of him.

“You can go shoot 8 or 9 under in a heartbeat out here,” Thomas said. “It’s hard if you’re five back and you’re in 15th or 20th as opposed to five back and you’re in sixth or seventh. We’ll just wait and see.”

The late starting time Saturday meant hardly anyone was at Waialae when an accidental push alert warned of an incoming missile with orders to seek shelter. There was panic across the state. J.J. Spaun tweeted that he was in the basement of his hotel. John Peterson tweeted that he was in a bathtub with his family covered by mattresses.

Hoge? He was more upset watching his alma mater, TCU, losing a basketball game to Oklahoma.

“I don’t know what you do for a missile,” he said.

He figured out how to handle Waialae on another warm, sunny and missile-free day. Hoge was bogey-free, picking up birdies with good tee shots on some of the shorter holes, knocking in the long putt on the 17th and finishing with a birdie.

Five players had at least a share of the lead at some point, and Harman was never too far from the mix. It was a steady performance, just not as low as the players chasing him, and he failed to hit his bunker shot close on the 18th, two-putting from 25 feet for par.

Even so, he’ll be in the last group in Hawaii for the second straight week, and Kapalua winner Dustin Johnson already is on his way to Abu Dhabi.

Jordan Spieth never got much going again and headed to the putting green after his round for more work. He only made four birdies in his bogey-free round of 66, but that left him nine shots behind.

For most players, the talk of the day was the push alert that turned out to be a mistake.

“It was pretty scary at the hotel when they came over the loud speaker and said, ‘Everyone take shelter, this isn’t a drill,’ “ Spieth said.

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PGA SONY OPEN

Saturday’s Third Round

At Waialae Country Club • Honolulu

Tom Hoge 65-65-64–194 -16

Patton Kizzire 67-64-64–195 -15

Brian Harman 64-63-68–195 -15

Kyle Stanley 64-67-65–196 -14

Chris Kirk 63-67-67–197 -13

Russell Knox 69-64-65–198 -12

Ollie Schniederjans 66-65-67–198 -12

Cameron Smith 66-67-66–199 -11

Justin Thomas 67-67-66–200 -10

Sam Saunders 67-67-66–200 -10

Webb Simpson 67-70-63–200 -10

Brian Stuard 67-66-67–200 -10

Talor Gooch 64-66-70–200 -10

Scott Piercy 69-67-65–201 -9 R

ory Sabbatini 71-65-65–201 -9

Ben Martin 69-66-66–201 -9

James Hahn 67-69-65–201 -9

Nate Lashley 68-67-66–201 -9

Ryan Armour 67-67-67–201 -9

Zach Johnson 63-67-71–201 -9

Scott Brown 69-67-66–202 -8

Chez Reavie 68-69-65–202 -8

Emiliano Grillo 68-67-67–202 -8

Ryan Blaum 66-68-68–202 -8

Daisuke Kataoka 65-68-69–202 -8

Gary Woodland 67-67-68–202 -8

Jerry Kelly 66-67-69–202 -8

Corey Conners 70-66-67–203 -7

Keith Mitchell 70-66-67–203 -7

Jonathan Byrd 68-68-67–203 -7

Matt Jones 67-68-68–203 -7

Nicholas Lindheim 66-70-67–203 -7

Xinjun Zhang 72-65-66–203 -7

Jason Dufner 69-65-69–203 -7

Stewart Cink 70-64-69–203 -7

Jordan Spieth 69-68-66–203 -7

Lanto Griffin 67-70-66–203 -7

Kevin Kisner 68-64-71–203 -7

Austin Cook 67-71-65–203 -7

Brandon Harkins 67-68-69–204 -6

Adam Schenk 70-65-69–204 -6

Charles Howell III 67-68-69–204 -6

Daniel Berger 67-68-69–204 -6

Dominic Bozzelli 70-67-67–204 -6

Tony Finau 70-67-67–204 -6

Wesley Bryan 68-66-70–204 -6

Harris English 69-65-70–204 -6

Xander Schauffele 68-64-72–204 -6

John Peterson 66-64-74–204 -6

Tyrone Van Aswegen 68-68-69–205 -5

Marc Leishman 68-66-71–205 -5

Jason Kokrak 67-70-68–205 -5

Keegan Bradley 70-68-67–205 -5

Brian Gay 70-68-67–205 -5

Conrad Shindler 66-72-67–205 -5

Ryan Palmer 71-64-71–206 -4

Jonathan Randolph 69-68-69–206 -4

Sam Ryder 68-70-68–206 -4

Matt Every 65-71-71–207 -3

Seamus Power 68-68-71–207 -3 J.J.

Spaun 67-70-70–207 -3

Hudson Swafford 68-66-73–207 -3

Roberto DÌaz 70-67-70–207 -3

John Oda 68-70-69–207 -3

Kevin Tway 71-66-71–208 -2

Andrew Putnam 71-66-71–208 -2

Si Woo Kim 67-71-70–208 -2

Shugo Imahira 67-71-70–208 -2

Stephan Jaeger 68-70-70–208 -2

Blayne Barber 68-69-72–209 -1

Vaughn Taylor 64-73-72–209 -1

Steve Allan 68-70-72–210 E

William McGirt 66-72-72–210 E

D.A. Points 68-70-72–210 E

Colt Knost 68-70-73–211 +1 J

oel Dahmen 68-70-74–212 +2