HAWAII GROWN: Oda in contention on PGA Tour

Moanalua's John Oda placed eighth at a PGA Tour event in Mexico on Sunday. Oda is pictured during his run to the state high school championship in 2014. Craig T. Kojima / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Moanalua’s John Oda, playing in his first PGA Tour event as a pro, shot a 6-under 65 on Saturday to move within one stroke of the lead at the OHL Classic at Makakoba in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Oda, a 2014 Moanalua graduate, won the individual high school state championship in 2012 and ’14, and he captured the Hawaii State Amateur in 2012 and ’13. He also played at UNLV before turning pro.

Oda is one shot behind Rickie Fowler, Patrick Rodgers and Patton Kizzire.

Oda shot a 68 in the first round and is at 9-under 133.

Due to a rain delay, only two full rounds have been played through the first three days. Golfers are scheduled to play 36 holes Sunday, weather permitting.

Oda is scheduled to tee off at 2:25 a.m. Hawaii time. Playa del Carmen is five hours ahead.

Watch a video of Oda talking about how he got a late call to play in the tournament and scrambled to get to Mexico here. Click the video icon next to Oda’s name on the leaderboard.

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