Weir Up By 1 Stroke in Hawaii

Turn in weather sharpens games, competition at Mercedes-Benz Championship
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2008 9:24 AM CST
Weir Up By 1 Stroke in Hawaii
Daniel Chopra, of Sweden, chips the ball up to the ninth green of the Plantation Course during the third round of the Mercedes-Benz Championship golf tournament in Kapalua, Hawaii, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008.Chopra was tied for third place and two strokes off the lead after shooting a six-under-par 67 to...   (Associated Press)

Mike Weir put in a nearly perfect day in yesterday's PGA action at the Mercedes-Benz Championship in Hawaii, hitting a five-under 68 to keep one stroke ahead of Nick Watney. The whole field seemed inspired by a sunny turn in the Hawaiian weather, as the average score dropped by a whole stroke—further tightening the race, reports the New York Times.

After Weir and Watney at 13 and 12 under par, Jonathan Byrd and Daniel Chopra loom with 11 under. Defending champion Vijay Singh jumped up to tenth place with a 67, while Jim Furyk's 66 catapulted him into sixth place at nine under. Chopra, gearing up for today's final round, admits, "It’s always good to be in contention." (More golf stories.)

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