Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-01-17 01:13:37 –
Brendan Steel After Saturday’s third round, he birdied three of the last four holes in the front and back nines, shooting a 9 under par 61 and taking a two-stroke lead. PGA Sony Open..
Last year’s Sony Open runner-up, 37-year-old American, finished 54 holes at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu at 18 under 192 after a bogey free round.
“I feel like I’m swinging really well,” Steele said. “Course management is great. I feel like I’m doing well around everything.”
World number 114 Steele said he wanted to play the same as last year’s final round, despite losing to Australia’s Cameron Smith.
“I want to do exactly the same thing tomorrow, hopefully enough,” he said.
South Korean-born American Kevin Na matched his low-career round 61 with 61 and shared second place with Chile’s Joaquín Niemann at 194. 195 Charley Hoffman.
Steele is aiming for his fourth career PGA title, following the 2011 Texas Open and the 2016 and 2017 Safeway Open.
Steele opened with a 19-foot birdie, birdie 6 and roll out 3 in a row, finishing 10th in par 4 with 11 footers. He sank a 15-foot birdie putt at 12, a 17th par 3 from 17 feet to the longest birdie putt of the day, and a par 5 18th to sink 8 feet for a birdie.
“I usually took breaks, played well and had a good time with my family,” Steele said. “I’m very excited to get here and play my game.”
World No. 38 Na is chasing the fifth PGA title after winning the 2011 and 2019 Las Vegas, 2018 Green Briar and 2019 Colonial titles.
Na made a hole in the birdie putt from just inside 44 feet on par 3’s 4th, eagle par 5’s 9th with an 8-foot putt, and par 3’s 11th to 4th birdies in a row, 6th. Closed with. Foot birdie putt.
“I was great,” Na said. “My ball hit was great.
“I think it’s okay if we can make a vigorous putt tomorrow.”
Na complained about a 7-foot birdie miss at 17th on par 3 when chasing the elusive 59.
“The fact that I saw Magic Number 59 from the outside was exciting,” he said. “I was very disappointed when I missed that putt on the 17th … because you can definitely eagle the last hole.”
-“It was huge”-
Na is looking forward to the final round of shootouts.
“The golf course is so easy to get that someone can shoot an 8-under or a 9-under,” Na said. “I’m in a good position, but that’s what you shoot on Sunday. Tomorrow I still need something low. Tomorrow I may need six more (birdies).”
Niemann’s bogey-free round included five birdies, the last round being 17 after dropping the approach 3 feet away from the cup, and the last was a 10-foot eagle putt.
“It was huge,” Niemann said of his finish. “I wasn’t very happy with the first 16 holes. I thought I was playing great. I thought I could put myself in a better position.
“And finishing it that way and making an eagle on the 18th made me really happy and gave me a little motivation for tomorrow.”
194-Kevin Na 67-66-61, Joaquín Niemann (CHI) 62-69-63
197-Billy Horsekel 65-66-66, Aaron Baddeley (AUS) 64-68-65, Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) 66-65-66, Webb Simpson 65-65-67
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