January 9 2012
KAPALUA, Hawaii – Steve Stricker finally has his first birdie of the day. And it couldn’t have come at a more critical time.
Stricker rolled in a 23-foot birdie putt at the par-3 eighth and is now at 19 under. That extends his lead to two shots over Webb Simpson, who has just made the turn. Stricker started the day with a five-shot lead.
Meanwhile, Stricker’s playing partner, Jonathan Byrd, bogeyed the eighth and is now three shots off the pace.
Martin Laird, who was at one time just a shot behind Stricker, is also now three shots behind.
Keegan Bradley has the hottest round of the day. He holed out for eagle at the par-4 16th and is now 7 under for the day and 10 under for the tournament.