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Snedeker, Blair share lead at Sony Open

HONOLULU — Zac Blair missed a 2-foot birdie putt on his final hole Saturday and had to settle for a share of the lead with Brandt Snedeker at the Sony Open.

Blair drilled a 3-wood into the par-5 closing hole at Waialae to just more than 40 feet, lagged it short but pulled the short birdie putt.

"Just pulled it. Nothing more to it," Blair said with a shrug. "Didn't hit the best putt and it didn't go in."

The 25-year-old from Utah still finished with 6-under 64 to put himself in position for his first PGA Tour victory.

Snedeker missed birdie putts of 10 feet and 12 feet on the last two holes for 66.

They were at 16-under 194.

Kevin Kisner recovered from a 5-iron that wound up on the other side of the corporate tents behind the par-3 17th for his only bogey of the round. He got up-and-down from behind the green on the 18th for birdie and 66, leaving him one shot back.

Kisner will be in the final group for the third time in his past four PGA Tour starts.

Si Woo Kim, the 20-year-old from South Korea, finished strong with birdie and eagle for 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 tour winner, while Kisner is one of the hottest players in golf not named Jordan Spieth.

FISH WINS: Former tennis player Mardy Fish won the Diamond Resorts Invitational at Windermere, easily holding off former major-league pitcher Rick Rhoden in the modified Stableford event for celebrity athletes and entertainers. Fish, 34, a six-time ATP winner who retired last year, scored 26 points in the third round to finish with 79. He earned $100,000. Rhoden, 62, who has played on the Champions Tour, had a 21-point round to finish 14 points back. John Smoltz was third with 62, and fellow Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Glavine was another point back.

Snedeker, Blair share lead at Sony Open 01/16/16 [Last modified: Saturday, January 16, 2016 11:26pm]
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