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Dozens within 5 shots of leader at Sony Open including Zach, English

Sunday Preview – PGA Tour – Sony Open in Hawaii – Waialae Country Club – Honolulu, Hawaii –

With 26 players within five shots of the lead, the PGA Tour’s Sony Open in Hawaii should come down to who gets hot Sunday in the final round.

Last year, Russell Henley rallied with five straight birdies to finish off a victory at the Sony.

Chris Kirk’s 5-under-65 Saturday put him in the spot as the overnight leader through 54 holes at 12-under. Kirk has two career PGA Tour victories including The McGladrey Classic in November as part of the wrap-around season.

Kirk, a 28-to-1 betting pick at Skybet.com heading into the tournament, leads Harris English and long-shot Will Wilcox by a stroke. Wilcox, 326th in the Official World Golf Ranking, shot 64 Saturday to get into this position.

Jimmy Walker and Jerry Kelly are 10-under and just two back, while nine players including Retief Goosen and Zach Johnson enter the final round at 9-under. Jason Dufner (T-13) is 8-under and leads the field in Proximity to the Hole this week.

Headliners World No. 2 Adam Scott and Matt Kuchar have failed to contend and sit T-27 after 54 holes.

Look for a low-round to steal this victory. English, who played well last week in Hawaii and won the Mayakoba in November, seems to be a likely choice.

While the veterans and fans may pull for 40-somethings Goosen and Kelly, Walker could be the player to register the comeback win. For Johnson, he is eyeing an Aloha Sweep.

Other Golf News:

  • Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson are the headliners in the field next week at the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in Dubai.
  • Louis Oosthuizen defended his title at the European Tour’s Volvo Golf Champions in South Africa with a final-round 68. He edged Branden Grace by one shot.
  • John Daly, who made the cut on the number in Hawaii, tied low round of the day Saturday at the Sony Open with a 64. Daly jumped to T-18 with his effort.
  • Kirk was 47th on the PGA Tour Money List a year ago, while finishing 18th in Strokes Gained Putting.
  • Tim Clark withdrew from the Sony Open with an elbow injury after the first round. Clark was a runner-up at the Sony last year.