You Oughta Know: Sony Open in Hawaii


After the third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii largely produced a logjam, at least 12 players will wake up Sunday morning with realistic thoughts of hoisting the trophy at day's end. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into the final round at Waialae, where Chris Kirk clings to a slim advantage:

• After winning the McGladrey Classic in November, Kirk is looking to become the first two-time winner of the 2013-14 season. The former Georgia standout clearly knows his way around Waialae - he began his 2013 season with a T-5 finish here that included a 62 in the second round, and Kirk has yet to shoot higher than 70 in 15 career rounds in Honolulu.

• Kirk is not the only player looking for a second win Sunday after lifting a trophy during the 2013 portion of the 2013-14 season. Harris English won the final regular-season event of the 2013 calendar year at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba and will begin the final round in a tie for second, just one shot off Kirk's lead, while Jimmy Walker  who claimed the season-opening Open in October  sits just one shot further back at 10 under, two shots behind Kirk.

• At 47 years old, Jerry Kelly is looking to win for the fourth time on the PGA Tour at the event where he first entered the winner's circle. Kelly captured the Sony Open in 2002, and since then has been a mainstay at the Honolulu Tour stop, notching three more top-five finishes. After a 4-under 66 Saturday, the Wisconsin native will begin the final round tied for fourth alongside Walker, two shots off the pace.

• One year after Russell Henley captured the Sony Open title in his first start as a PGA Tour member, Will Wilcox is poised to potentially repeat the feat Sunday. Playing this week on a sponsor's exemption, Wilcox earned his Tour card through the circuit and now, in just his third career PGA Tour start, will play in the final group Sunday alongside Kirk and English.

Robert Allenby has embodied the notion of "feast or famine" during his career at Waialae, a trend the Australian appears set to continue on Sunday. Allenby has missed the cut at the Sony Open six times in 12 starts, including each of the last three years, but has turned three of his six made cuts into top-10 finishes and was runner-up here in 2010. The veteran notched a 5-under 65 during the third round, and at 9 under enters the final round well within striking distance, three shots off the lead in a large tie for sixth.

• After a somewhat disappointing 2013 campaign, Jeff Overton appears ready to turn the tide during the 2013-14 season. Tied for sixth heading into the final round at Waialae, Overton is on the verge of beginning his wraparound season with five top-25 finishes in his first six starts, a stretch highlighted by his tie for ninth in Las Vegas in October. The Indiana native finished eighth here a year ago and now has carded seven consecutive rounds of 68 or better in Honolulu.