Hoge leads PGA on wild day in Hawaii


Cameron Smith will be hoping he continues moving up the leaderboard at the Sony Open in Hawaii while at the same time there are no more false missile alerts to unsettle the nerves of golfers.

The Australian PGA Championship winner improved from 12th at the halfway mark of the tournament to eighth spot after the third round on Saturday with a four-under 66.

He’s now five shots from leader American Tom Hoge.

The false ballistic missile alert didn’t sem to bother Hoge as he was steady at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu with his round of six-under 64 giving him a one-shot lead over American pair Patton Kizzire and overnight leader Brian Harmon.

Hoge got up-and-down from 40 yards away for birdie on the par-five 18th to take his first 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour.

If there was uncertainty about the push alert in Hawaii about an incoming ballistic missile, a different variety awaits on Sunday.

No one can be sure what to expect in a final round with so many players in contention.

Hoge was at 16-under 194 and was one shot ahead of Mayakoba winner Patton Kizzire (64) and Harman (68).

Kyle Stanley shot 65 and was another shot back.

Smith is the highest-placed Australian. Matt Jones shot a third round 68 to be tied at 28th, seven-under but nine shots off the pace.

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