GOLF: Landry stands tied for 18th at Kapalua

Published 8:00 pm Saturday, January 5, 2019

Winning the Tournament of Champions is out of the question for Andrew Landry, but a solid, two-under-par round of 71 Saturday over Kapalua’s par 73 Plantation Course left him with an outside shot at a top-10 finish.

The Port Neches-Groves ex dropped one spot into a tie for 18th with a 54-hole total of four-under 215. He’s 13 strokes behind leader Gary Woodland, who shot a 68 to stand at 202, but only four shots out of 10th place.

Landry looked like he was going to be in the 60s on Saturday after consecutive birdies from 18 feet, 4 feet and 25 feet at the eighth, ninth and 10th holes to get to 2-under for the day. But the birdies dried up, as he finished with eight consecutive pars.

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No matter where he finishes, Landry will look back at two holes that have kept him from being much higher on the leaderboard. For openers, he made a bogey-6 on the fifth hole for the third consecutive day. The fifth has been the 15th easiest hole for the 33-player field.

The other killer for Landry has been the par-4 10th, where he took a triple bogey on Friday. A birdie Saturday hardly offset the damage. Other than No. 5 and No. 10, Landry has played the remaining 48 holes in 9-under.

Landry, for the third consecutive round, made a bogey before he made a birdie. He took a bogey on No. 2, quickly bounced back with an 18-foot birdie on 3, then went back to 1-over with his bogey at five. That set the stage for the run of three straight birdies.

Television coverage Sunday is set for 4 p.m. on the Golf Channel.