Steele, who misplaced within the play-off gap final 12 months to Australian Cameron Smith on the similar Waialae Country Club course, returned a card of 61, or 9 strokes underneath par.
“Today my swing was very good. My management of the course too. I felt like I did things right on all fronts. I hope I can repeat my performance on Sunday, hoping that is enough“, commented the 114th world.
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Steele, who covets the 4th title of his profession after the Texas Open 2011 and the Safeway Open 2016 and 2017, has certainly managed a faultless (9 birdies). With a complete of -18, he has two strokes forward of a chasing duo made up of Kevin Na, who equaled the chief’s card with an eagle and 7 birdies (61), and the Chilean Joaquin Niemann.
At three lengths is a quinté: Peter Malnati, Russell Henley, Chris Kirk, Stewart Cink and Charley Hoffman.
Ranking after the third spherical (par 70):
1. Brendan Steele (USA) -18 (65-66-61)
2. Kevin Na (USA) -16 (67-66-61)
. Joaquín Niemann (CHI) -16 (62-69-63)
4. Stewart Cink (USA) -15 (67-63-65)
. Russell Henley (USA) -15 (66-64-65)
. Charley Hoffman (USA) -15 (66-65-64)
. Chris Kirk (USA) -15 (65-65-65)
. Peter Malnati (USA) -15 (62-69-64)
9. Daniel Berger (USA) -14 (64-68-64)
. Marc Leishman (AUS) -14 (66-65-65)
. Keith Mitchell (USA) -14 (71-62-63)
. Nick Taylor (CAN) -14 (66-62-68)
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