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Collin Morikawa opens massive 6-shot lead at TOC

January 7, 2023; Maui, Hawaii, USA; Collin Morikawa acknowledges the crowd after making his putt on the 18th hole during the third round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions golf tournament at Kapalua Resort - The Plantation Course. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Collin Morikawa continued his assault on the All-Star field, firing an 8-under-par 65 to open a nearly insurmountable six-shot lead at the Tournament of Champions on Saturday in Kapalua, Hawaii.

Morikawa sits at 24 under through 54 holes. The six-shot lead matches the largest 54-hole margin of the season and the largest at the event since 1999.

Morikawa carded an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole and never looked back, adding six more birdies – including four of his last five holes. He turned in another bogey-free round, the only player in the field to do so.

Three players sit tied for second at 18 under – J.J. Spaun (third-round 69), Scottie Scheffler (69) and Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick (66).

Tom Kim (68) and Jon Rahm (67) are seven shots back in a tie for fifth.

Max Homa fired a 10-under 63 for the low round of the day, vaulting 20 spots up the leaderboard and into a tie for seventh at 16 under.

Morikawa seeks his first victory since the 2021 Open Championship and sixth career Tour title.

–Field Level Media