Brandt Snedeker and Zac Blair share the lead at the Sony Open heading into Sunday’s final round at Waialae Country Club. Here’s how Saturday played out in Honolulu:
Leaderboard: Snedeker (-16), Blair (-16), Kisner (-15), Si Woo Kim (-14)
What it means: Blair and Snedeker both missed opportunities for birdie on 18, with Blair lipping a 27-inch putt that would have given him sole possession of the lead. Snedeker is in search of his eighth PGA Tour victory and first since last February’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. A rookie last year, Blair’s best finish on Tour was a T-4 at last year’s Barclays. His only other top-10 in his short career came at this event last year in the form of a tie for sixth.
Round of the day: Matt Kuchar made two bogeys and still managed to shoot 8-under 62. After starting on the back nine and turning in 2 under, Kuchar closed his round with six straight birdies on Nos. 4-9. At 11 under for the week, he sits five back.
Best of the rest: Blair, Jeff Overton and Japan’s Daisuke Kataoka all shot 6-under 64. Blair was spotless and would have reached 7 under if not for his three-putt at home hole.
Biggest disappointments: Zach Johnson, two back through 36 holes, and Luke Donald, three back through 36, both failed to break par Saturday. Johnson traded three birdies for three bogeys to shoot an even-par 70, as Donald added another bogey for 1-over 71. They are now six and seven strokes back, respectively.
Shot of the day: After making the turn 1 over, Steve Stricker canned this approach at the par-4 10th for an eagle-2.
Stricker made two more birdies a bogey on the back to shoot 68. He sits eight shots back at 8 under.
Storyline to watch Sunday: Just one shot back, Kisner has racked up seven top-5 finishes and five top-2 finishes since the start of last season. On three occasions in 2015, he managed to force a playoff before finally breaking through for his maiden win at RSM.