January 15 2012
HONOLULU -- Jeff Maggert, who hasn't won on the PGA TOUR since 2006, and Matt Every, who has never won a TOUR event, will share the lead entering Sunday's final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Maggert shot a 6-under 64, which tied D.A. Points for the low round of the day, while Every -- who led by two shots after 36 holes, shot a 2-under 68.
Both are 12 under through the first three days and will be paired together in the final twosome on Sunday, two shots clear of their nearest competitors. But there are 16 players within four shots of the lead.
“It’s not like it’s me vs. Jeff Maggert,” Every said. “There’s a ton of guys who could win this golf tournament.”
Maggert, the 47-year-old from Texas, acknowledged that he didn’t know much about Every’s game.
“I don't think I've ever played with him other than maybe seeing him hit a few balls on the range,” Maggert said. “That's part of the dilemma I'm in being I'm 47, the kids coming out, I don't know much about them. Obviously he's a good player.
“But I can't really say that I know a lot about his game. But obviously he's a good player or he wouldn't be out here. “
Johnson Wagner, Charles Howell III and Brendon de Jonge are tied for third at 10 under, while Points and Duffy Waldorf are tied for sixth at 9 under.
“I’m excited about tomorrow,” said Wagner, a two-time winner on TOUR. “I hope the wind blows a little bit. I like the wind.”
De Jonge, who shot the low round of the tournament thus far with a 62 on Friday, posted a 67 on Saturday that he wasn’t entirely happy about.
“It’s nice to play badly and put a score on it,” de Jonge said.
Steve Stricker, last week's winner of the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions, shot a 3-under 67 despite hitting just three fairways on Saturday.
He's tied for eighth with 10 other players at 8 under, but more important, he has just seven players ahead of him as he seeks to become just the second player to win both TOUR events in Hawaii to open the season.
"Just got to keep hanging in there, keep doing the things that I did last week and hopefully hit it better tomorrow than what I did today," Stricker said.
Among those with Stricker are PGA champion Keegan Bradley, who shot a 2-under 68 and two Canadians, David Hearn and Stephen Ames.