Tom Hoge tops crowded leaderboard at Sony Open

Postado Janeiro 14, 2018

Cameron Smith will be hoping he continues moving up the leaderboard at the Sony Open in Hawaii while at the same time there are no more false missile alerts to unsettle the nerves of golfers. Hoge got up-and-down from 40 yards away for birdie on the par-5 18th to take his first 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour.

But it there was uncertainty about the accidental push alert about an incoming ballistic missile that unsettled the islands, a different variety awaits at Waialae Country Club.

Back to the third round play and halfway leader Brian Harman could not maintain his blistering pace but remained in the hunt for a third PGA Tour victory with a 68 that put him one shot back, alongside Patton Kizzire (64).

Kyle Stanley shot 65 and was another shot back. John Peterson tweeted that he was in a bathtub with his family covered by mattresses. So I wasn't really freaking out or anything. He settled down for a 66 and was six shots back, with other eight players ahead of him.

"To get that missile threat on your phone, you don't know what's going to happen", Hoge said after posting a 16-under 194 total after 56 holes. "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".

Hoge 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. 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.

Jordan Spieth never got much going again and headed to the putting green after his round for more work.

Spieth, who carded rounds of 69 and 68 prior to the weekend, hit a bogey-free four-under-par 66.

Leishman didn't receive the push alert that caused brief panic for players, officials and fans at the tournament.