HONOLULU — A untrue missile warn did not trouble Tom Hoge, and he was just as continual on the golf study course with two late birdies Saturday for a 6-under 64 and a one-shot direct in the Sony Open as he goes for his very first PGA Tour victory.

Hoge holed a 40-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th to tie for the direct, and then received up-and-down from 40 yards away in a bunker on the par-5 18th.

He at the time shared the 36-gap direct with Tiger Woods at the Wyndham Championship, the final match Woods performed ahead of two again surgical procedures in the slide of 2015. This will be the very first 54-gap direct for Hoge, a 28-calendar year-old from North Dakota.

But it there was uncertainty about the accidental thrust warn about an incoming ballistic missile that unsettled the islands, a unique wide range awaits at Waialae Place Club. No one can be sure what to anticipate in a last round with so several players correct in the mix.

Hoge was at 16-under 194, one shot in advance of Brian Harman (68) and Patton Kizzire, who recovered from a double bogey on his opening gap and shot 64. One more shot guiding was Kyle Stanley (65).

7 players were being separated by 4 photographs, a significant difference from a calendar year in the past when Justin Thomas led by seven heading into the last round of his wire-to-wire victory.

“There is certainly a ton of birdies out there,” Kizzire said. “You just have to make the most.”

Thomas experienced a wild get started — bogey on No. 1, holing out from 175 yards for eagle on No. 2, an additional bogey on No. 3. He settled down for a 66 and was six photographs again, with other eight players in advance of him.

“You can go shoot 8 or 9 under in a heartbeat out right here,” Thomas said. “It can be hard if you happen to be 5 again and you happen to be in 15th or 20th as opposed to 5 again and you happen to be in sixth or seventh. We are going to just hold out and see.”

The late beginning time Saturday intended barely anybody was at Waialae when the thrust warn warned of an incoming missile with orders to seek shelter. There was stress throughout the island. J.J. Spaun tweeted that he was in the basement of his hotel. John Peterson tweeted that he was in a bathtub with his spouse and children protected by mattresses.

Hoge?

He was a lot more upset observing his alma mater, TCU, losing a basketball activity to Oklahoma.

“I never know what you do for a missile,” he said.

He figured out how to deal with Waialae on an additional heat, sunny and missile-free of charge working day. Hoge was bogey-free of charge, selecting up birdies with superior tee photographs on some of the shorter holes, knocking in the lengthy putt on the 17th and ending with a birdie.

Five players experienced at least a share of the direct at some point, and Harman was under no circumstances way too far from the mix. It was a continual overall performance, just not as minimal as the players chasing him, and he unsuccessful to strike his bunker shot close on the 18th, two-placing from 25 feet for par.

Even so, he’ll be in the final team in Hawaii for the 2nd straight week, and Kapalua winner Dustin Johnson currently is on his way to Abu Dhabi.

Jordan Spieth under no circumstances received substantially heading again and headed to the placing green right after his round for a lot more operate. He only manufactured 4 birdies in his bogey-free of charge round of 66, but that left him 9 photographs guiding.

For most players, the discuss of the working day was the thrust warn that turned out to be a miscalculation.

“It was pretty terrifying at the hotel when they arrived about the loud speaker and said, `Everyone consider shelter, this just isn’t a drill,” Spieth said.



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