KAPALUA, Hawaii — Steve Stricker finished the third round at Kapalua the same way he started — with a five-shot lead.
Only it wasn't that easy.
Stricker watched his lead dwindle to a single shot on the back nine Sunday before running off four straight birdies for a 4-under 69 that gave him a big lead going into the final round at the Tournament of Champions.
He was at 19-under 200, five shots clear of defending champion Jonathan Byrd (67), Martin Laird (67) and Webb Simpson, who also had a 69 while playing in the final group with Stricker.
Simpson and Byrd each had a putt on the back nine to tie for the lead.
Through three rounds, Stricker now is 13-under par on the five closing holes at the Plantation Course.