Even after missing a two-foot birdie putt on his last hole, it wasn’t hard for Zac Blair to see nothing but opportunity Saturday at the Sony Open in Honolulu.
Blair three-putted for par on the closing par-fivehole at Waialae and had to settle for a six-under-par 64, giving him a share of the lead with Brandt Snedeker as the 25-year-old from Utah goes after his first PGA Tour victory.
Snedeker missed birdie putts of 10 and 12 feet on the last two holes for a 66.
They were at 16-under 194, and they still had plenty of company.
Kevin Kisner recovered from a five-iron that wound up on the other side of the corporate tents behind the par-three 17th for his only bogey of the round. He got up-and-down from behind the green on the 18th for a birdie and a 66, leaving him one shot behind.
Kisner will be in the final group for the third time in his last four PGA Tour starts.
Si Woo Kim, the 20-year-old from South Korea, finished strong with a birdie and an eagle for a 65 that put him two back.
Blair, whose father played briefly on the PGA Tour in the 1980s, is in his second year on tour and facing his first big test. Snedeker is a seven-time PGA Tour winner, while Kisner is one of the hottest players in golf not named Jordan Spieth.
“Just pulled it. Nothing more to it,” Blair said with a shrug. “Didn’t hit the best putt and it didn’t go in.”
He wasn’t the only player to struggle on the 18th. Jeff Overton was poised to shoot 62 when he took four shots to get in from a greenside bunker on the 18th and made bogey for a 64. He was five shots behind. Fabian Gomez of Argentina had a 65 and was four back.
Saturday at least produced a little separation. Two dozen players were within five shots of the lead when the third round began.
Europe takes control in EurAsia Cup
Captain’s picks Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter won their matches again to help Europe take a 9-3 lead over Asia in the EurAsia Cup at Glenmarie in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Europe took 4 1/2 of six points in foursomes after also earning 4 1/2 points Friday in the opening fourball matches. Westwood and Matthew Fitzpatrick beat Anirban Lahiri and Wu Ashun, 5 and 4, and
Poulter and Danny Willett topped Byeong-hun An and Thongchai Jaidee, 3 and 2.
Bernd Wiesberger and Ross Fisher beat K.T. Kim and Wang Jeunghun, 2 up, Shane Lowry and Andy Sullivan edged Prayad Marksaeng and Shingo Katayama, 3 and 2, and Soren Kjeldsen and Victor Dubuisson halved with Danny Chia and Nicholas Fung. S.S.P. Chawrasia and Kiradech Aphibarnrat earned Asia’s only full point, beating Kristoffer Broberg and Chris Wood, 2 up.
The competition will end Sunday with 12 singles matches.
Lombard shares lead at Joburg Open
South Africa’s Zander Lombard shot a seven-under 65 for a share of the third-round lead in the European Tour’s Joburg Open in Johannesburg with countryman Haydn Porteous and England’s Anthony Wall.
Porteous and Wall shot 68 to match Lombard at 15-under 200 at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington.
American Daniel Im (65) was two strokes back along with Ireland’s Paul Dunne (68), South Africa’s Jacques Blaauw (67) and England’s Ross McGowan (73).