Brian Harman moves clear at Sony Open in Hawaii

Jose Verdugo
Enero 14, 2018

With AP Photos.A false missile alert didn't bother Tom Hoge, and he was just as steady on the golf course in his round of 6-under 64 to take a one-shot lead at the Sony Open.

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

The message, which was sent at 8:07 a.m. local time and broadcast via text message, read, "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii". No one can be sure what to expect in a final round with so many players right in the mix.

Countryman Patton Kizzire also shot a third-round 64 as he ended the day alongside overnight leader Brian Harman (68), who dropped down into a tie for second.

American Kyle Stanley was alone in fourth after a 65 for 196 and compatriot Chris Kirk fired a 67 for 197. "You just have to make the most".

"I was really scared there for probably three or four minutes", said Thomas, who was reassured by the fact that television news channels weren't reporting any missile strike.

The emergency push alert was received via phone on Saturday morning before the error was confirmed 38 minutes later.

"The eagle on two, holing out, was great, but my bogeys today were just bad", Thomas said. J.J. Spaun tweeted that he was in the basement of his hotel.

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"I don't know what you do for a missile, " he said.

"Under mattresses in the bathtub with my wife, baby and in laws", Peterson wrote.

"I was watching the TCU basketball game at the time, so I was a little frustrated with that", he said of his alma mater ultimately losing to Oklahoma. "We'll just wait and see".

Hoge figured out how to handle Waialae on another warm, sunny and missile-free day. Hoge was bogey-free, picking up birdies with good tee shots on some of the shorter holes, knocking in the long putt on the 17th and finishing with a birdie.

Even so, he'll be in the last group in Hawaii for the second straight week, and Kapalua victor Dustin Johnson already is on his way to Abu Dhabi. He only made four birdies in his bogey-free round of 66, but that left him nine shots behind.

Leishman didn't receive the push alert that caused brief panic for players, officials and fans at the tournament.

"It was pretty scary at the hotel when they came over the loud speaker and said, 'Everyone take shelter, this isn't a drill, '" Spieth said.

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