David Lipsky two back at the Sony Open after needing two shots off the first tee

David Lipsky two back at the Sony Open after needing two shots off the first tee

David Lipsky’s third round couldn’t have started worse on Saturday on the opening par-4 hole at Waialae Country Club: 339 yards into the unknown.

Or, in other words, Lipsky had channeled his first tee of the day out of bounds.

But wait, there’s more color.

“It’s never ideal when your ball goes 50 yards down the OB path, but it is what it is,” Lipsky explained afterwards. “I thought it was just going to be rough, and then I just kicked left and never left the path.”

Lipsky never gave up. He found the fairway with his second drive, hit his 154-yard approach to 26 feet and hit the bogey save.

“Huge,” Lipsky said. “It was actually fun. My caddy says, ‘Let’s walk out of here with a par on the second ball.’ I was like, ‘No, I’m going to bogey here.’”

Full field scores from the Sony Open in Hawaii

Lipsky would also bogey the next hole before settling in. He scored seven birdies the rest of the way and finished with a four-under-par 66 seconds.

“I’m very happy with the way I played and how I handled those first two holes,” said Lipsky, who at 13-under is tied for second with Chris Kirk and Ben Taylor, two shots behind Hayden Buckley.

If only I had that first impulse back.

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