January 17 2011
HONOLULU – With tee times crunched in order to finish all 36 holes Sunday, players had to go off on both the first and 10th tees in each of Sunday’s two rounds.
That left open the remote possibility of the winner finishing on the ninth hole, just like Derek Lamely did last year when he won at Puerto Rico.
But it appears unlikely to happen Sunday.
Steve Stricker teed off from the 10th tee in the final round and he just eagled the par-5 18th. He’s now at 10 under for the tournament, four shots off the pace currently set by Mark Wilson. He’s the highest player in the leaderboard who started his final round on the 10th hole.
Stricker is tied for fourth, but he’s running out of holes. He’d need to stay hot – he’s 5 under on his last eight holes – then post a number and wait to see if the leaders collapse.
One of Stricker’s playing partners, Tim Clark, is in the same position. He’s 10 under with nine holes remaining and needs to make a charge.
Chris Riley, also teeing off on the 10th hole, is at 9 under for the tournament and even par through the first 11 holes of his final round.