Kirk ahead in Hawaii, Scheffler drops back


The American golfer Chris Kirk gets the chance to dust off the cobwebs of his past on Sunday evening (South African time) in the last round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions to be decided in Kapalua in Hawaii.

Kirk shot 66 (-7) in the third round in the first tournament of this year’s US PGA Series. He is on 198 strokes (-21) one stroke ahead of 21-year-old American Akshay Bhatia (199, -20) with his compatriots Xander Schauffele, Jordan Spieth and Beyong-Hun An of South Korea who are on 200 strokes (-19 ) blow into their necks.

Scottie Scheffler, the world’s leading player who was ahead after the second round, struggled with his putting in the third round and could only score 71 shots.

He is on 201 strokes (-18) with the Aussie Jason Day and the Americans Sahith Theegala and Harris English just three strokes behind Kirk.

Erik van Rooyen of South Africa finished the third round in 69 strokes and is on 206 strokes (-13) along with Americans Tony Finau, Lucas Glover, Taylor Moore, Adam Svensson and Adam Hadwin (both Canada), Si-Woo Kim (South Korea) and Emiliano Grillo (Argentina) in 27th position.

It is the first time in eight years that Kirk is playing again in this tournament.

He was one of the PGA Series’ exciting newcomers when he turned professional in 2011 and was ranked 16th in the world in 2015.

He has already won eight tournaments in the series, but retired from golf in May 2019 due to alcoholism and depression.

He overcame his struggles and was named the series’ “Returning Player of the Year” last year after winning the Honda Classic. Now he gets the chance to build on it.

The cane sculler Bhatia (1.85 m and 59 kg) uses a long broom stick set stick. He was on fire and needed only 27 sets to complete the round.

It even made his playing partner Jordan Spieth shake his head in disbelief.

  • Source: The Golf Channell