Sony Open: American Chris Kirk moves in front after the third round at Waialae
Last Updated: 12/01/14 7:45am
Chris Kirk: American leads after three rounds in Hawaii
Chris Kirk claimed a one-shot lead at the Sony Open in Hawaii after carding a five-under-par 65 in the third round at the Waialae Country Club.
The 28-year-old edged ahead of fellow Americans Harris English and Will Wilcox on 12-under 198 after draining his sixth birdie of the day on the 18th.
Third round leaderboard
(US unless stated)
-12 C Kirk
-11 W Wilcox
-11 H English
-10 J Kelly
-10 J Walker
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Kirk also birdied the second, sixth, ninth, 12th and 14th holes with his only bogey coming on the 10th.
He said: "Maybe there were a few good breaks for me and on holes where I missed the fairways I got decent lies in the rough.
"I was guessing the flyers right, which is difficult to do out here."
PGA Tour rookie Wilcox, 27, mixed seven birdies with just one bogey at the eighth as he fired a six-under 64.
"It's a dream come true to be able to play out here. It's pretty cool," he said.
"Walking down the 18th me and my caddie looked at each other and I had to pinch myself that I'm here right now."
OHL Classic winner English is well-placed before the final round following a run of three straight birdies on seven, eight and nine in his three-under 67.
He said: "I know I need to get off to a good start and make some birdies on the first few holes.
"I need to start hitting some more fairways, I haven't been hitting them too well in the past few days."
Jerry Kelly (66) and Jimmy Walker (67) share fourth place while a group of seven players that includes Zach Johnson (66), South African Retief Goosen (66) and previous overnight leader Brian Stuard (71) sits three strokes off the lead on nine-under par.
Reigning Masters champion Adam Scott signed for a one-over-par 71 and is six strokes off the lead.
His fellow Australian Robert Allenby made a blistering start to the third round and hit five birdies and was five under par through 11 holes before joining the pack tied on nine under after a 65.
Bae Sang-moon of South Korea, who shot a brilliant 63 in round one before following it with a 70, was two under through six thanks to birdies at the second and third but had to settle for another 70 to slide out of realistic contention.