Scott trails by three heading into Sony Open weekend

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

Weather issues moved up tee times Saturday for the third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Teeing off in threesomes, the PGA Tour’s feature final group Saturday includes overnight leader American Brian Stuard, Aussie Marc Leishman and Japan’s Hideto Tanihara. The group tees off No. 1 at Waialae Country Club at 10 a.m. local time.

Stuard, looking for his first PGA Tour victory, leads the pack at 10-under a shot ahead of Leishman and Tanihara. The biggest threat to Stuard’s lead may come from long hitter Harris English alone in fourth place at 8-under.

World No. 2 Adam Scott headlines a large group at 7-under and T-5 heading into the weekend in Hawaii. Chris Kirk, Jimmy Walker, Jason Kokrak and first-round leader Sang-Moon Bae are also apart of that group.

For Stuard, his best career finish was a runner-up effort in November at the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico. He is a 50-to-1 long shot at to win this week. The Michigan native ended up 55th on the PGA Tour Money List last season and 92nd in the FedEx Cup standings.

Zach Johnson, a winner last week in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, is back in the mix after a 67 in round two. Johnson is T-17 at 5-under and five back of the leader.

Look for Stuard to be challenged under the pressure of the moment and the talented players chasing him.

Other Golf News:

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  • Justin Rose, the U.S. Open reigning champion, withdrew from the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship next week after having right shoulder surgery. He finished third on the European Tour Money List last season and 10th in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup.
  • The Champions Tour tees off its 2014 campaign in late January at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Kona, Hawaii. Kenny Perry returns to action. He was Player of the Year in 2013 with three wins including two majors. He was also fourth in Driving Distance, third in Scoring Average and third in All-Around Ranking on tour.
  • Stuard finished last season on the PGA Tour at 113th in Greens In Regulation (GIR) making 18 of 26 cuts. He needs a strong weekend at the Sony in GIR to contend. He leads the field in Putts Per GIR through two rounds in Hawaii.
  • At just 22 years old, Tommy Fleetwood (10-under) leads a crowded leader board of champions on the European Tour’s Volvo Golf Champions in South Africa through 54 holes.