HONOLULU – Joaquin Neiman had no regrets about the 18th hole at the Sony Open.
Four days after a pair of pars played at the final hole in Kapalua, due to a playoff loss, Neiman put a 50-foot chip to the 8-under 62 on Thursday for the Eagles at the 18th Hole and Jason Zorak and Peter’s Malati forms part of the lead.
“It was a good way to end it,” Neiman said. “Spent a few days thinking about that last hole, but taking all the positives from the week and taking it out for the week.”
Those were not easy days for Neiman. The 22-year-old Chilean player still experienced the inevitable loss heaped in the game. He played in Kapalua on Sunday with Sergio Garcia, who has experienced considerable failure, and who asked him to think that everything went right.
Done on a strange afternoon at Viala with such a dry vow and smooth greens and low scoring. Neiman’s only bogey was when he fell asleep at the claw of a 25-foot bird above the hole at number 12, ran it 10 feet from the hole and three-putt. The finish was excellent.
Coker played bogey-free, and he was happy with a 15-foot toe put at No. 1 – his 10th-round hole compared to his nine birdies. He narrowly missed a 25-foot Eagle put for 61 at his closing hole.
At 62 there was only Malati who played in the morning, although the conditions were similar for most of the day.
The group of 64 included Daniel Berger, 31 players in the Champion’s Sentry tournament last week on Maui, and Jim Harman, who should have been there.
Herman had hoped in Hawaii a week later that he was happier and happier than ever. He recovered from coronovirus and had his lowest score in his 10th appearance at the Sony Open, making it a good start.
He qualified for the Kapilua Sentry Tournament of Champions, his third career victory. But his COVID-19 test came back positive as he prepared to move to Maui, and the self-isolation for 10 days did not leave him time to get a cranial.
“I feel great,” Herman said. “Obviously, a low score helps you feel a little better today. Didn’t know what to expect this week.”
Harman said he had four days to deal with the virus and still had not returned his full taste and smell. The biggest concern was mild swelling of the lungs, which pressed against his back and made it difficult to sit. He was finally able to hit a few golf balls last weekend and played only one round of golf.
Scoring was ideal for different reasons than Kapalua. The air of the Pacific coasts on the course is normal. But it is dry enough to roll the ball, helpful on tee shots in the fairway, not so much when it heads off line and into the rough.
About 350 yards to the left of the 18th fairway was another turn at Viala – out-of-bounds bets. The tour put him out of the safety of visitors on the 10th fairway this year, and without tents and bleachers because of spectators, it might have been tempting for more players to get their tee shot at 18 under 10 Take it.
He never crossed Neiman’s mind. He hit a high draw that still tucked through the fairway in the rough, just came up short and ended on a good note.
It sure was different from the previous week. Nieman missed a 6-foot birdie in regulation (and scored 64), and then in a playoff on par-5 18, he pulled it a bit and down a sloping green, leaving a tight chip and an equalizer. gone. Harris English won with birdie putt.
“It was the first time that it really hurt me, like finishing a golf tournament,” he said. “Probably for a day or two I just keep thinking how I can’t make a birdie at 18 and get it. I was talking with my coach along with my psychologist. We spent the entire tournament for about an hour. Spoken for, not for 18th. Holes. It was a good way to take all the positives from that week. “
In English, hoping to be the only third player to sweep the aerial swing, his second nine had three bogeys in a four-hole and birdie two of the last three holes for an even-par 70.
The scoring was so low that only 30 players from the 144-member field were on par.
“They’re playing it brilliantly,” said Webb Simpson, one of 22 players at 65 or better. “I think when we see a good drive and the ball bounces 10 feet in the air, we all golfers love it the most. It’s a nice feeling.”