Bae falls two shots off the lead in Hawaii

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Bae falls two shots off the lead in Hawaii

Jimmy Walker was surprised by the break on the green on one hole. He was fooled by the wind on the next hole. And when he finished his third round Sunday at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, he wasn’t sure what to think except to be happy that his final putt fell for birdie and a share of the lead.

In his second year playing at Kapalua, he’s still not all that comfortable.

Tied for the lead going into the final round? He’s a lot more comfortable than he was about 15 months ago.

Walker did most of his damage early with five birdies in 10 holes, and a late birdie gave him a 6-under 67 and a share of the lead with Hideki Matsuyama. The 22-year-old from Japan made four birdies on his last six holes, including a delicate chip to the par-5 18th that he played beautifully, and matched the best score of the tournament for the second straight day with a 66.

They were at 17-under 202, two shots clear of Bae Sang-moon (69) and Patrick Reed (68).

Walker will have a chance to become the fifth player to win on both PGA Tour courses in the Hawaii swing. He won the Sony Open a year ago, part of a stretch in which he won three times in eight starts. AP
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