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Toms fires 61, ties Campbell at Sony

Leaders turn Honolulu tournament into two-man race

January 15, 2006

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— David Toms set a course record with a 9-under 61, and it still wasn't enough to take the outright lead Saturday in the Sony Open, which turned into a two-man race between Toms and the equally hot Chad Campbell.

Toms looked as dominant as he was a year ago winning the Accenture Match Play Championship, even if it felt as if it was all he could do to keep up with Campbell.

Toms finally caught him with a two-putt birdie on the 18th, setting the tournament record at Waialae Country Club since it changed to a par 70 in 1999.

Campbell did his heavy lifting with the irons, rarely leaving himself birdie putts outside 15 feet and converting enough of them for a 62. He had a 15-foot birdie putt to match Toms' record score on the final hole, but it hung on the lip.

They were at 14-under 196, seven shots clear of anyone else.

"It was a great day all around for both of us," Toms said.

Big-hitting Bubba Watson, who hit a wedge into the par-5 18th for a birdie and a 66, and Shane Bertsch (63) were tied for third at 7-under 203. Jim Furyk, tied with Campbell starting the third round, struggled to a 70 that left him in the group at 204 that included Rory Sabbatini and Charles Warren.

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