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                     === Kirk moves 1 ahead in Honolulu ===
 Honolulu,  HI  (  -  Chris  Kirk  broke  through  a  crowded
 leaderboard  on  Saturday to  move one  stroke clear of  the field after three
 rounds of the Sony Open in Hawaii.
 Kirk,  a two-time PGA  Tour winner, posted a 5-under 65 in round three to move
 to 12-under-par 198 after 54 holes.
 Will  Wilcox matched the low round of the day with his 6-under 64. That helped
 him  jump  into a share of  second at minus-11.  He was joined there by Harris
 English, who shot 3-under 67 on Saturday.
 Jerry  Kelly, the 2002 champion, shot 66 to grab a piece of fourth at 10-under
 200. He stands alongside Jimmy Walker, who posted a 67 in round three.
 Former  major  champions Zach  Johnson (66)  and Retief  Goosen (66) are among
 seven players tied for sixth place at minus-9.
 Reigning  PGA  Champion Jason Dufner  (67) is tied  for 13th at minus-8, while
 Masters  winner Adam Scott  struggled to a 1-over 71, which dropped him into a
 share of 27th at 6-under 204.
 On  a day in which 13 separate players had at least a piece of the lead during
 the  third round,  Kirk  used three  back-nine  birdies to  take  the lead  by
 Kirk started his round with a kick-in birdie at the second to move to 8-under.
 At  the  sixth, he dropped  his approach within five  feet and he drained that
 putt to gain a piece of the lead.
 At the par-5 ninth, Kirk chipped to four feet and converted that birdie try to
 join  Pat Perez and  Sang-Moon Bae at 10-under. Kirk gave that shot right back
 at  the 10th as his drive sailed well left and his second came up short of the
 Kirk,  who teed off  in the third-to-last group out, chipped to 23 feet and 2-
 putted  for bogey.  He bounced back with  an 8-foot birdie putt on the 12th to
 join Walker and Kelly in the lead at minus-10.
 Walker  followed  with a birdie  on the 12th, then  Kirk answered with a short
 birdie  putt at  14 to regain a share  of the lead. After three pars in a row,
 Kirk drained a 9-foot birdie try at the last to move one clear of the field.
 "I got a few good breaks. Holes where I missed the fairways, I got some decent
 lies  in the rough and guessed the fliers just right, which is tough to do out
 here," Kirk stated.
 Wilcox,  who was  four groups ahead of  Kirk, posted birdies at the second and
 seventh.  He poured in three birdies in a 4-hole span from the 10th to briefly
 move into a share of the lead.
 At  the 15th, Wilcox stumbled to a bogey to slip to minus-9. After a birdie on
 17, he 2-putted for birdie on the par-5 18th to get in at 11-under.
 English, who was in the penultimate group, tripped to a bogey on the third. He
 birdied  three  holes in  a row from  the seventh to  get to 10-under. English
 tripped to another bogey at the 11th, but rallied with birdies on 14 and 15.
 That  gave  him a piece  of the lead,  but he 3-putted  for bogey on the 16th.
 English atoned for that mistake with a tap-in birdie at the last.
 "Those  first six holes are tough, but the back nine you can step on the gas a
 little bit," English stated. "The back nine has easier holes to me."
 NOTES:  Kirk has  had the  54-hole lead  two previous  times in  his PGA  Tour
 career,  and  he won  both times  ... John  Daly matched  Wilcox's 64 and that
 helped  Daly  soar from making the  cut on the number  into a share of 18th at
 minus-7 ... Since more than 78 players made the cut, there was a secondary cut
 on  Saturday with  eight players,  including  Scott Verplank  and Joe  Durant,
 failing to make it to the final round.
 01/11 20:58:49 ET

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