January 16 2011
HONOLULU -- Chris Riley went low Sunday morning to move himself into contention to win the Sony Open in Hawaii.
He knows he's going to need to go even lower in the afternoon to actually claim the title.
Riley's 4-under 66 in the third round leaves him at 9 under for the tournament. When he signed his scorecard, he was three shots off the lead, with the leaders still on the course.
Brendon de Jonge also shot a 66 to join Riley at 9 under. They should put them safely inside the top 10 when the third round concludes.
With a quick turnaround for his final round tee time, Riley knows he needs to come out firing.
"I'm excited about the last round," he said after grabbing a quick bite to eat. "I know if I play really well, I'll have a chance. That's what I was playing for."
His strategy for the final round is simple: Fire at the pin.
"Need to make a lot of birdies," Riley said. "There's no wind, so it's going to be pretty low. I know I'm going to have to shoot 7-, 8-under (for the round)."
Riley was in the first group off the first tee Sunday. He played with Ernie Els and Chris Kirk.
Els, a past champion here, has found a rhythm at Waialae. He's been bogey-free for his last 30 holes. Sunday morning, he shot a 3-under 67, leaving him at 8 under.
"We got the best thing of the deal," Riley said about the third round. "We were the first off. Nobody in front of us. Ernie Els and Chris Kirk -- we were just having a good time." – Mike McAllister