Sony Open in Hawaii, Final round
- Author: Angelo Rivera Jan 16, 2017,
Jan 16, 2017, 0:16
Justin Thomas continued his domination of Hawaiian golf courses when he shot a six-under 64 to extend his lead to five strokes midway through the Sony Open.
"I just have to keep going out and doing what I did today", Thomas said.
Thomas followed his 59 with a 6-under 64 for a 17-under total.
"I had a couple of saves, I was putting the ball in position off the tee".
Thomas' nearest challenger is countryman Zach Johnson, who improved one position following his penultimate-round 65.
Having made the halfway cut right on the number at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Kisner was delighted to soar up the leaderboard in the third round with 10 birdies in a bogey-free display.
No player in history of PGA Tour ever lost a seven-shot lead on the final day.
England's Olympic champion Justin Rose (66) is a further stroke back at 14-under, level with Americans Gary Woodland (68) and Hudson Swafford (66). He made his first birdie with a two-putt on the par-5 ninth, drove into a greenside bunker on the par-4 10th and got another birdie and he was on his way.
Two days after Justin Thomas opened with a magical 11-under-par 59 at the Sony Open in Hawaii, fellow American Kevin Kisner fell agonisingly short of following suit on Saturday when he narrowly missed an eagle putt on his final hole. A victory on Sunday would give him three wins in his last four starts and make him the first golfer since Ernie Els in 2003 to win the Tournament of Champions and the Sony Open back-to-back. But Kisner missed his putt by a fraction of an inch.
However, the 38-year-old New Zealander looked scratchy in opening the third day with a seesawing effort on the back nine which included three birdies, a bogey and a double bogey.