Snedeker and Blair in tie for lead in Hawaii

Sat Jan 16, 2016 11:47pm EST
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(Reuters) - Brandt Snedeker missed birdie putts from 12 feet on the last two holes and had to settle for a share of the lead with fellow American Zac Blair after the third round of the Sony Open in Honolulu, Hawaii on Saturday.

Widely known as one of the best putters in the game, Snedeker finished up with a flawless four-under-par 66 on a calm afternoon at Waialae Country Club to post a 16–under total of 194 in pursuit of his eighth PGA Tour victory.

A stroke in front of the chasing pack overnight, Snedeker was delighted to keep bogeys off his card but was frustrated that he failed to birdie either of the two par-fives -- the ninth and 18th -- when in good position off the tee.

"Disappointing that I parred them both from the middle of the fairway and I had a couple of really good looks for birdie that I didn't make," the 35-year-old told Golf Channel.

"Hopefully those putts will go in tomorrow and it should be a lot of fun."

The unheralded Blair, still seeking his first win on the U.S. circuit, fired a bogey-free 64 to end the day level with Snedeker, though he squandered a golden opportunity to birdie the last when he missed a putt from just three feet.

Compatriot Kevin Kisner, who for most of the day dueled with Snedeker and Blair for the lead, was alone in third place at 15-under after carding a 66.

"I just pulled it, nothing more to it," Blair, 25, said of his missed putt on the 18th green.

Asked if he would adjust his strategy for Sunday's final round, Blair replied: "If I just go out and kind of go with the same game plan, try and hit a lot of fairways, hit the greens and roll in a few putts, I should do good."   Continued...

Jan 16, 2016; Honolulu, HI, USA; PGA golfer Brandt Snedeker tees off on the first hole during the third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii golf tournament at Waialae Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports