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Tom Hoge showed no sign of any nerves after a false missile alert caused panic at the Sony Open as he put together a bogey-free round of six-under by 64
Tom Hoge PGA Tour golfers shook off the panic caused by mistaken missile alert and got down to business in Hawaii. “For sure, to get that missile threat on your phone, you do not know what’s going to happen,” “HALL OF MESSENGER THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII” .
Recipients were urged to seek shelter, and it was more than half an hour before authorities confirmed the alert was sent in error. Dayneyman John Peterson, who was tied for second after Friday’s second round, wrote on Twitter that he had taken evasive action after the warning. “Under mattresses in the bath with my wife, baby and laws,” Peterson wrote. “Please lord this bomb threat not be real.” In a separate tweet after confirmation that the alert was sent in, Peterson wrote: “Man, how do you press COME ON MAN.” But Hoge, a 28-year-old graduate of the developmental Web.com Who is seeking a first US PGA Tour title, showed no sign of any residuals as he put together a bogey-free round of six-under by 64 at Waialae in Honolulu. His 16-under total of 194 Brian Harman, who carded at 68, and Patton Kizzire, who climbed up the leaderboard with a 64 for 195. American Kyle Stanley was alone in fourth after a 65 for 196 and compatriot Chris Kirk fired a 67 for 197.
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John Peterson wrote on Twitter, he said, “Under the camera in the bathtub”
Hoge’s six birdies included a 40-foot bomb at the 17th. He got a lot of possession from the lead of a greenside bunker at the par-five 18th. Hoge said some solid performance early in the 2017-18 season.
“I’ve been close to few times,” he said. “I played well in those situations and I just got to go out and play another solid round. “That’s kind of been my focus – get the ball in the fairway and I’ve been pretty good with irons and wedges.” Harman started the day with a three-shot lead. He is managing birdies at the fifth and 10th to keep his pursuers at bay, but bogeyed the 11th. He was tied for the lead after a birdie at 16, but he settled for a breakthrough. Kizzire opened with an inauspicious double-bogey at the first, but reeled off five straight birdies from the sixth through the 10th to power into contention. He added birdies at 14 and 16 to sixteen to share the lead heading to 18, where he is heading for a hospitality area. – ‘Really scared’ – Defending champion Justin Thomas, who fired a first-round 59 en route to victory last year, carded a four-under sixty-six shots off the pace on 200. Like Hoge, he said the morning missile scare made for a different perspective on the day’s round.
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Defending champion Justin Thomas carded a four-under sixty six shots off the pace on 200 at the Sony Open
“I was really scared for three minutes,” said Thomas, who was reassured by the fact that television news channels were not reporting any missile strike. “I actually like it, watched TV and opened the sliding door.
On the race, the world has fallen to the heart of the world. “The eagle on two, holing out, was great, but my bogeys today were just bad,” said Thomas. Nevertheless, after the frightening start to the day that did not seem so bad. “I guess you could say it was a good day no matter what,” he said.