New change of leader in the classification of the Sony Open tournament, of the PGA Tour, with the American Brendan Steele, who premiered it this Saturday after finishing the third round and delivering a signed card of 61 (-9) and adding 192 hits (-18 ).
His compatriot Kevin Na, who also had the same record (61, -9) and the young Chilean Joaquín Niemann, who finished the round at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, with 63 hits (-7), added 194 hits (-16) to share the second place in the rankings.
Steele, 37, delivered a display of dominating shots both with lengths from each tee and with putts on the green that left him with a perfect course of nine birdies, including two runs of two in a row (holes 8 and 9, 17 and 18).
“The key has been in the confidence that I had from the beginning of the course and how well the ball ran both on the fairway, the rough and the green,” said Steele. “It was what I was looking for, but I hope the fourth round has the same solidity with my shots.”
Na, also 37, born in Seoul (South Korea), but a US citizen, like his compatriot was perfect with an eagle, achieved on the ninth hole of par 5, in the second half he made a series of four consecutive birdies from hole 11 to 14, and closed the 18th with another birdie, the fifth of the seven that he added, including the two he made in the first half.
Niemann, 22, returned to maintaining his solid game as the one that has started the new season and earned himself the fight for the title of champion for the second consecutive week.
The Chilean golfer, seeking his second PGA Tour title, recovered five places in the general classificationAfter making five birdies and finishing the round for the second time so far this tournament with an eagle, he had also done it in the first round.
“That just reflects the confidence I have in my game and how confident I am when I hit the green.”Niemann commented. “Now you just have to think positive for tomorrow’s round, which will be the decisive one.”
While the Mexican Carlos Ortiz and the Spanish Sergio García, who again won 29 places in the provisional classification, added 200 strokes (-10) to share the 28th place with nine other players.
Ortiz delivered a signed card of 67 hits (-3), the same as he did in the second round, and García completed his best run so far in the tournament with a record of 64 hits (-6).
The Mexican golfer made five birdies with two bogeys, while Garcia finished perfect by distributing three birdies in each of the two halves of the course.
Argentine Emiliano Grillo delivered a signed card of 67 strokes (-3) and added 203 (7) that allowed him to occupy the 54th position that he shares with five other players.
His compatriot Nelson Ledesma, who finished with 71 hits (+1) added 204 (-6) that cost him to lose 41 places to go down to 60 that he shares with Colombian Sebastián Muñoz, who delivered a signed card of 68 hits (-2) .