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January 15 2012

5:56 AM

Tidbits from the third round

HONOLULU – Here’s a look at some news and notes from Saturday’s third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii:

Jeff Maggert has held or shared the final-round lead 10 previous times in his PGA TOUR career. The last time came at the 2003 Masters, where he finished fifth.  He’s closed the deal on one previous occasion – the 1993 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. …

The only other time co-leader Matt Every has played in the final group in the final round was at the 2010 Waste Management Phoenix Open. He trailed Brandt Snedeker by two shots and Scott Piercy by one and eventually finished tied for eighth. …

Charles Howell III continues to impress on the weekend at the Sony Open. He shot a 4-under 66, and has never shot anything worse than even-par 70 in his 17 rounds on the weekend …

Two-time Sony Open in Hawaii champion Corey Pavin is at 5 under after shooting a 2-under 68. He’s tied for 34th. …

Bogey-free rounds on Saturday: Jeff Maggert, Brian Gay, Ted Potter Jr., Sang-Moon Bae, Tom Pernice Jr., Kevin Chappell, Spencer Levin and Brendon Todd …

The par-4 first hole played as the most difficult at 0.300 strokes over par. The par-5 ninth hole was the easiest at 0.850 strokes below par. …

Just 18 of the 80 rounds on Sunday were above par. Ten of those players did not make the additional 54-hole cut needed to reduce the field to 70, and thus will not play in Sunday’s final round …

The longest drive – or rather, drives -- of the day belonged to Kyle Stanley,  who had 352-yard drives at both the ninth and 13th holes …

The longest putt of the day belonged to Harrison Frazar, who made a 62-foot, 3-inch putt  for birdie at the par-4 fifth hole …

Graham DeLaet had the longest drives of the day at the 15th hole (302 yards) and 18th hole (332 yards) and also led the field in fairways hit with 12 of 14 …

Webb Simpson shot an even-par 70 and is at 2 under for the tournament and tied for 61st. Should he not finish in the top 10 after Sunday’s final round, it would be just the second time in his last nine tournaments that he failed to finish in the top 10.

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