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Kisner to challenge Sneds, Blair at Sony Open

Sony Open in Hawaii

Sony Open in Hawaii

Final Round update – PGA Tour – Sony Open– Waialae Country Club – Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii –

Brandt Snedeker and Zac Blair share the 54-hole lead at the PGA Tour’s Sony Open in Hawaii at 16-under overall.

With the most experience in closing out tournaments, Snedeker is certainly the favorite to win heading into Sunday’s final 18 holes. He is making his first appearance at this event since 2008.  Tied for the 5th-most wins on the PGA Tour since the start of the 2o11 season with six victories, Sneds won on tour at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am last February.

Snedeker opened the week as a 22-1 betting selection at Silverton Casino in Las Vegas.

Brandt Snedeker current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Brandt Snedeker

Brandt Snedeker current official PGA TOUR headshot
(Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Brandt Snedeker

Eying his slip-up is Blair, looking for his maiden PGA Tour title. The 25-year-old from Salt Lake City was bogey-free Saturday to earn a spot in the final group alongside Snedeker and RSM Classic champion Kevin Kisner.

Blair, a ‘field’ betting option at 9-to-5 odds, was T-6 here last season. His career-best finish was 4th at the Barclays. At 172nd in the world rankings, Blair might be in over his head in this spot.

Sitting at 15-under and just a shot back is Kisner, an 18-1 betting pick to start the week at Waialae Country Club in Oahu.

Kim Si-Woo could play spoiler alone in 4th-place at 14-under followed by Fabian Gomez (12-under). A host of high-profile players are T-6 at 11-under including Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson and Gary Woodland.

Other Golf news:

  • Europe embarrassed Asia 18 ½-5 ½ in the EurAsia Cup. Ian Poulter led the European squad.
  • Haydn Porteous (18-under) won the European Tour’s Joburg Open by two shots.
  • The European Tour hosts the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship next week featuring Rory McIlroy – making his 2016 debut. World No. 1 Jordan Spieth, PLAYERS champion Rickie Fowler are also competing along with Henrik Stenson and Martin Kaymer.
  • Kuchar posted the round of the day Saturday in Hawaii firing 8-under-62. He moved up 60 places to a T-6 spot heading into Sunday’s final round. Kuchar could be a threat next week on the PGA Tour in La Quinta for the CareerBuilder Challenge at host-site PGA West TPC Stadium Course. Kuch was T-2 in the desert last year. Bill Haas is the defending champion.