(Reuters) – Unheralded Tom Hoge birdied the final two holes to take a one-stroke lead after an eventful third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii on Saturday.
On a day when the pressure of making putts was put into perspective after local emergency authorities released an alert mistakenly warning of an incoming ballistic missile attack, Hoge signed for a six-under 64 at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.
Missile - Threat - Phone - Hoge - Total
“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.
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).
Champion - Justin - Thomas - Lot - Work
Defending champion Justin Thomas left himself with a lot of work to do, six shots back after carding a 66 that was highlighted by an eagle at the par-four second, where he holed out from 175 yards.
Leader Hoge, 28, who hails from North Dakota, has not finished higher...
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