Tour Tracker: Kirk grabs Sony Open lead

Chris Kirk during the third round of the Sony Open.

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Chris Kirk made six birdies and just one bogey en route to a 5-under 65 Saturday at the Sony Open.

Kirk, who won the McGladrey Classic earlier this season, leads by one shot at 12 under entering Sunday's final round at Waialae CC in Honolulu.

Harris English, who also has a victory this season, and Will Wilcox are tied for second at 11 under while Jerry Kelly is tied with Jimmy Walker, another winner this season, for fourth at 10 under.

Here's how it all unfolded Saturday in Hawaii:

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Update No. 18: 7:25 p.m. EST

Chris Kirk birdies the par-5 18th to finish off a 5-under 65. At 12 under, he leads by one shot late in this third round.

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Update No. 17: 6:52 p.m. EST

Harris English is one of four players tied for the lead at 11 under. One reason why is his chip-in birdie at the par-4 14th hole.

Here is the video:

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Update No. 16: 6:39 p.m. EST

Will Wilcox birdies the par-5 18th to seal a third-round 6-under 64. Wilcox is tied for the lead at 11 under with Chris Kirk, Harris English and Jimmy Walker.

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Update No. 15: 6:28 p.m. EST

Jeff Overton just wrapped up a 5-under 65. Overton is currently tied for fourth at 9 under, two shots back of leader Jimmy Walker. Overton has had a solid start to the season. He's made four of five cuts, and has four finishes of T-23 or better.

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Update No. 14: 5:56 p.m. EST

Jimmy Walker, who won the season-opening Frys.com Open, has four birdies in his last six holes, including his latest birdie at the par-4 12th. He's now the solo leader at 11 under. Jerry Kelly and Chris Kirk are tied for second at 10 under.

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Update No. 15: 5:36 p.m. EST

Five players share the lead at 15 under, including Will Wilcox. The 2013 Web.com Tour grad is 5 under through 14 holes today.

Wilcox was one of two players to shoot 59 last season on the Web.com Tour. Here's a video of Wilcox making the final putt during his final-round 59 at the Utah Championship:

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Update No. 14: 5:01 p.m. EST

All three players in the final group – Brian Stuard, Marc Leishman and Hideto Tanihara – are 2 over through eight holes.

As far as the lead goes, there are now five players tied for the lead at 10 under. They are Jerry Kelly, Pat Perez, Robert Allenby, Sang-Moon Bae and Chris Kirk. Kirk is searching for his second victory of the PGA Tour season after getting a win at the McGladrey Classic.

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Update No. 13: 4:46 p.m. EST

John Daly isn't letting his hurt elbow hurt his scoring so far today. Daly is 3 under through eight holes, 4 under overall. Daly re-aggravated an elbow injury on Friday hitting a shot out of a bunker. Click here to read more about the injury.

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Update No. 12: 4:43 p.m. EST

Pat Perez has three straight birdies, at Nos. 8-10, and he now leads outright at 10 under. Perez recently moved to Callaway Golf, joining Henrik Stenson, Harris English and others. Click here to read the story about Callaway's newest additions.

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Update No. 11: 4:33 p.m. EST

Two straight birdies to close his front nine brings Zach Johnson to 8 under and just one shot off the lead. Johnson trying for a second straight victory – third straight if you count the unofficial win at the World Challenge.

Check out this video of what was in Zach Johnson's bag at his victory last week at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions:

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Update No. 10: 4:12 p.m. EST

John Peterson is putting together quite the round. He's 5 under through 13 holes, and is now 8 under overall. Peterson, a 2013 Web.com Tour grad, was the cover boy for Golfweek's PGA Tour preview special section. Click here to read more.

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Update No. 9: 4:03 p.m. EST

Robert Allenby birdies the par-3 11th, his second straight birdie of the round, to move to 9 under. He's now tied for the lead with Marc Leishman and Sang-Moon Bae.

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Update No. 8: 3:54 p.m. EST

And now, after a bogey at the eighth by Jason Dufner, first-round leader Sang-Moon Bae leads outright at 9 under.

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Update No. 7: 3:47 p.m. EST

Marc Leishman and Hideto Tanihara, who is playing on a sponsor exemption, both bogey the par-4 third hole to fall back to 8 under. That leaves just Jason Dufner and Sang-Moon Bae in the lead at 9 under.

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Update No. 6: 3:35 p.m. EST

Brian Stuard bogeys No. 2 for his second bogey in two holes, falling to 8 under in the process. Sang-Moon Bae, meanwhile, is 2 under through three holes, and is now tied for the lead at 9 under.

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Update No. 5: 3:18 p.m. EST

A Brian Stuard bogey at No. 1 drops him back to 9 under. That means there is now a four-way tie for the lead with one of those four players being Jason Dufner.

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Update No. 4: 3:12 p.m. EST

Jason Dufner is now 4 under through five holes today, and is 9 under overall. He's now one shot back of leader Brian Stuard, who just teed off.

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Update No. 3: 3:10 p.m. EST

Adam Scott birdied his opening hole to move to 8 under overall. Scott is now through two holes after a par at the second hole. Remember, Scott does not have normal caddie Steve Williams on the bag this week. Click here to read about Scott's fill-in caddie, a surfing buddy.

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Update No. 2: 2:50 p.m. EST

Jason Dufner birdies the par-3 fourth to move to 8 under. He's 3 under through four holes today, and he's now just two shots off the lead.

Dufner's Auburn Tigers may have lost to Florida State in Monday's BCS Championship game, but Dufner has had some fun off the course this past week or so in Hawaii.

Check out this video of Dufner and his wife, Amanda, touring a rainforest in Maui:

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Update No. 1: 2:27 p.m. EST

We're about a half hour away from the final tee time of the third round. Jason Dufner, though, is already on the course, and he's playing well. Dufner has birdies on his opening two holes and has worked his way to 7 under. Also at 7 under is Robert Allenby, who is 3 under through four holes today.

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Friday's coverage

5 Things: Stuard takes led; Spieth misses cut; more

Brian Stuard continues his outstanding play at Waialae Country Club with a 5-under 65 to take the lead while 20-year-old phenom Jordan Spieth can't muster his normal magic in missing his first cut since the PGA Championship in August.

Streb rolls dice and hits jackpot at Sony

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In more than three decades of professional golf, Vijay Singh has amassed three major championships among his 34 PGA Tour victories and earnings of $68 million. Yet, the native Fijian remains virtually unknown to golf fans, the media and even most players on Tour.

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Thursday's coverage

5 Things: S. Bae leads; J. Daly returns; more

The first-round leaderboard at the Sony Open was familiar in some ways, with 2010 Sony winner Ryan Palmer making an appearance after a 65 and Retief Goosen posting a 66. It also had its surprises with Sang Moon Bae’s 63 and Chris Kirk’s 64.

How it Happened: S. Bae leads C. Kirk by a shot

Sang-Moon Bae broke out of a slump with a 63 for the early lead at Waialae CC. Bae's 7-under round, the best of the morning wave, held up through the afternoon. He leads Chris Kirk by a shot, with Ryan Palmer and Brian Stuard T-3 another shot back.

H. Matsuyama WDs from Sony Open with injury

Hideki Matsuyama’s Sony Open is over before it began. The 21-year-old Japanese standout played all 18 holes of Wednesday’s pro-am, then promptly withdrew from this week's tournament.

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PGA of America president Ted Bishop indicated that his organization would be given the opportunity to make a case for a "grandfather period" for recreational amateurs at the USGA Annual Meeting on Feb. 8, which he likened to what was agreed upon for the groove regulations in 2008.

M. Loomis tapped to lead Fox golf broadcast coverage

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Offseason of giving back shows M.Wie's heart

Michelle Wie’s offseason was shaped by several community service projects she become involved with – some planned and others by chance. The most impactful might have been the afternoon she spent serving lunch to 300-plus homeless in Honolulu’s Chinatown district.

U.S. Amateur champ M. Fitzpatrick leaves Northwestern

Matthew Fitzpatrick, the top-ranked player in the World Amateur Ranking, won’t return to the Northwestern roster in the spring. The freshman announced he will return to England to pursue an amateur golf career.

A. Scott employs surfing buddy as fill-in caddie

Even with confounding doglegs and sturdy ocean breezes, Waialae County Club was hardly intimidating Wednesday morning for the first player and caddie off the 10th tee in the morning pro-am. It was more like a therapeutic four-and-a-half-hour walk for Adam Scott and his caddie for this week’s Sony Open, Benji Weatherley.

J. Spieth shows plenty of drive, if not wheels

There’s much to like about Jordan Spieth, golf prodigy and genuine article. That applies to more than the rare skill that has fueled one victory and four seconds in less than a full PGA Tour season. This is blue-moon stuff, for he is 20 and a year ago had no status after flaming out at Q-School second stage.

Accenture's exit leaves WGC Match Play in limbo

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Acclaim eludes Z. Johnson even after TOC win

That Zach Johnson isn't a major favorite was not the point to take home from his Tournament of Champions win; that he outplayed a quality leaderboard was surely cause for applause, no?

J. Blixt chases dual status on PGA, European tours in 2014

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Notes: A. Scott's temp caddie; G-Mac's award; more

Steve Williams won't work Adam Scott's bag this week at the Sony Open in Hawaii; Graeme McDowell reflects on a media award; an amateur legend with pro ties is remembered; plus more news and notes from senior writer Jim McCabe.

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