Stricker maintains 5-shot Hyundai lead

Jan. 8, 2012 at 11:53 PM

KAPALUA, Hawaii, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Steve Stricker sank four straight birdies to end his round Sunday, enabling him to maintain his five-stroke lead at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

The late surge gave Stricker a 4-under-par 69 at Kapalua, Hawaii, and allowed him to finish 54 holes of the season-opening event at 19-under-par 200.

The 44-year-old entered the day with a five-shot margin and also left with one, catching fire down the stretch after a slow start with six consecutive pars.

Knotted in second place at minus-14 were Jonathan Byrd and Scotland's Martin Laird, both of whom shot 6-under 67s, and Webb Simpson, who posted a 4-under 69 in round three.

Tied for fifth three shots further back were Bryce Molder (67) and Kevin Na (71).

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