Jimmy Walker and Hideki Matsuyama o made their moves on different parts of the Plantation Course on Sunday and wound up in the same spot — tied for the lead going into the final round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.
Matsuyama matched the best score of the week at Kapalua with a 7-under 66, making four birdies over the final six holes and ending another strong day with a delicate chip down the slope to a fast green to 2 feet on the par-5 18th.
Walker looked as if he might end this on Sunday, just like most PGA Tour events, even though this was the third round. He made four birdies in a six-hole stretch to close out the front nine and had a two-shot lead heading to the back nine when he had to settle for pars. Walker two-putted for birdie from just off the green on the 18th for a 67.
Matsuyama and Walker were at 17-under 202.
They had a two-shot lead over Bae Sang-Moon (69) and Patrick Reed (68), who like Walker is looking for his fourth PGA Tour victory in the past 17 months. Brendon Todd (69) and Russell Henley (70) were three shots back and still very much in the game.
Henley was among four players tied for the lead going into Sunday and played reasonably well except for a few mistakes. One was a chip on the reachable sixth hole, which moved about 5 feet and just onto the green, leaving a fast putt. He three-putted, turning birdie into bogey.
Defending champion Zach Johnson, also tied for the lead, took double bogey on the par-5 fifth hole and didn't have much go his way in a 73 that put him six back.
The first PGA Tour event of the year doesn't have a cast of stars with Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Martin Kaymer staying at home
Stadler pulls out of tournament
Kevin Stadler withdrew from the Hyundai Tournament of Champions because of an injury to his left hand.
Stadler said he has a hairline fracture of a bone below his pinkie finger. He says he had hoped a couple of months off would allow it to heal, and his hand felt OK earlier in the week at Kapalua. But he says he withdrew to keep the injury from getting worse.
He does not know when he can play again. Stadler says he hopes a week off will allow him to play the Humana Challenge in California before defending his title in the Phoenix Open
•Andy Sullivan won his first European Tour title with a brilliant birdie on the first playoff hole as Charl Schwartzel let slip a five-shot overnight lead in a late collapse at the South African Open. Schwartzel (74) finished terribly, making two bogeys and a double-bogey in his last five holes to fall back to 11-under and allow Sullivan (67) a chance at victory in the playoff.
Federer wins 83rd title
Roger Federer notched his 1,000th career victory and collected his 83rd title with a seesawing 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-4 victory over Milos Raonic in the Brisbane International final.
... Stan Wawrinka's preparations for the defense of his Australian Open title appear on track as he notched a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 victory over qualifier Aljaz Bedene to win the Chennai (India) Open.
AROUND THE HORN
College football: Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun announced he is returning for his senior season.
Skiing: Stefano Gross beat Fritz Dopfer by just 0.03 seconds in a tight World Cup slalom in Adelboden, Switzerland. ... A women's World Cup super-G was delayed for 45 minutes and then called off after 11 starters because of strong winds in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria.
Cross-country skiing: Magnus Moan won a Nordic combined World Cup event in Chaux-Neuve, France ahead of countryman Magnus Krog. ... Six-time Olympic champion Marit Bjoergen claimed her first Tour de Ski victory, while Martin Johnsrud Sundby won his second successive title at Val Di Fiemme, Italy.
Speedskating: Sven Kramer took a record seventh European allround speedskating title as he and Ireen Wust won their respective events in Chelyabinsk, Russia.
Ski jumping: Sara Takanashi beat Olympic champion Carina Vogt to win her second consecutive ski jumping World Cup event in Sapporo, Japan.