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Tolles Leads Sony Open by a Stroke

January 17, 1999

HONOLULU (AP) _ Tommy Tolles shot a 3-under-par 67 Saturday, holding off fast-closing Davis Love III by a stroke after three rounds of the Sony Open.

Tolles completed 54 holes at 202, one ahead of Love, who shot a bogey-free 63 on Saturday and was at 203.

Tolles continued an up-and-down performance. After shooting an opening-round 63, he struggled to a 72 on Friday before regaining his touch in the third round.

John Huston, who won the Hawaiian Open a year ago with a PGA Tour record 28-under-par 280, and Mark O’Meara both birdied the 551-yard 18th hole at the Waialae Country Club to finish two strokes behind Tolles.

Jeff Sluman and Jeff Maggert, each with 66s, were at 205 along with Nolan Henke, Esteban Toledo, Mike Hulbert and Len Mattiace. Another stroke behind were Chris Riley and Larry Mize.

Brandel Chamblee, who led at the halfway mark, shot a 4-over 74 and fell back to 208.

With Love already in the clubhouse at 7-under, Tolles was at 8-under at the turn with Huston and O’Meara at 6-under.

But none could muster a rally on the trip in, playing the final nine holes in even par.

Love’s 7-under performance didn’t come easy.

``It was an interesting round,″ he said. ``I made a lot of birdies, but I also missed a lot of greens and I had to make up-and-downs for pars. It was a scramble.

``Three up-and-downs in a row (No.s 6-8) kept me from going 1- or 2-over. All of a sudden I’m 7-under. So you never know what’s going to happen.″

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