Z. Johnson in contention for Hawaii double


Zach Johnson may be sad to see the Hawaii swing come to a close Sunday in Honolulu.

After capturing the Hyundai Tournament of Champions last week in Maui, the former Masters champ is once again in contention heading into the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii. Johnson carded a 4-under 66 during the third round Saturday at Waialae, and as a result will begin the final round in a large tie for sixth at 9 under, three shots behind overnight leader Chris Kirk.

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It's the continuation of a strong stretch of play for Johnson, one that dates back to the second half of the 2013 season and includes wins both at the BMW Championship in September and the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge in December. Now 19 rounds into his 2013-14 season, the 37-year-old has shot 70 or better 17 times while ascending to No. 7 in the latest world rankings.

A winner of the Sony Open in 2009, Johnson certainly knows what it takes to claim the trophy at Waialae, and a victory Sunday would mark his third straight start that ended in the winner's circle. Should he do so, he would also become the first player to sweep the Hawaiian events since Ernie Els won in both Maui and Honolulu in 2003.