Will Wilcox finally got around to making his debut as a PGA Tour rookie and was surprised as anyone to be in the final group at the Sony Open.
As for Chris Kirk and Harris English, it’s no surprise at all.
Chris Kirk got up-and-down from a bunker on the par-5 18th by making a 10-foot birdie putt for a 5-under 65, giving him a one-shot lead going into the final round of a Sony Open that remains up for grabs among at least a dozen players.
Cloudy conditions and only a gentle, Pacific breeze kept everyone in the mix Saturday at Waialae in Honolulu, even John Daly.
Wilcox, the 27-year-old from Alabama, made birdie on his last two holes for a 64 and was one shot behind.
Kirk, who was at 12-under 198, won the McGladrey Classic in November, his final tournament of 2013 before taking time off for the birth of his second child. He returned at Kapalua and shook off some rust. And while he closed with a 73 at Kapalua, it was a good day of scrambling and gave him a small measure of momentum on Oahu.
English, who had a 67, won the final event of 2013 in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. He goes for his third win in his last 16 starts on the PGA Tour.
At one point there was a six-way tie for the lead. An hour later, 14 players were separated by a single shot.
Daly matched the low score of the third round with a 64 and was five shots behind.
Former Sony Open champion Jerry Kelly (66) and Jimmy Walker (67) were two strokes back at 10-under 200, while the group at 201 included Robert Allenby (65), Pat Perez (66), Retief Goosen (66) and Zach Johnson (66).
FLEETWOOD UP BY STROKE
England’s Tommy Fleetwood birdied the last hole for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Volvo Golf Champions. Fleetwood had a 10-under 206 total at Durban Country Club.
France’s Victor Dubuisson (69) and Dutchman Joost Luiten (70) were tied for second. Defending champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa was 8-under after a 71.