At the top of the leaderboard little known Hoge will take a one-shot lead into the final round but will need to be at his best Sunday with a talented leaderboard stacked up behind him.
Hoge holed a 40-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th to tie for the lead, and then got up-and-down from 40 yards away in a bunker on the par-5 18th.
When tensions eased and play got underway at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hoge carded a six-under-par 64 to claim a one-stroke lead.
Back to the third round play and halfway leader Brian Harman could not maintain his blistering pace but remained in the hunt for a third PGA Tour victory with a 68 that put him one shot back, alongside Patton Kizzire (64).
Kyle Stanley's 65 earned him outright fourth at 14 under, a shot ahead of Chris Kirk (67).
Seven players were separated by four shots, a big difference from a year ago when Justin Thomas led by seven going into the final round of his wire-to-wire victory.
Kizzire started his round poorly with a double bogey at the first but, aided by a pep talk from his caddie, settled down before roaring back into contention with five consecutive birdies from the sixth hole. "You just have to make the most".
He was more upset watching his alma mater, TCU, losing a basketball game to Oklahoma.
"You can go shoot 8 or 9 under in a heartbeat out here", Thomas said. "We'll just wait and see".
"I've been close a few times", he said.
He figured out how to handle Waialae on another warm, sunny and missile-free day.
Five players had at least a share of the lead at some point, and Harman was never too far from the mix.
Jordan Spieth never got much going again and headed to the putting green after his round for more work.
Leishman didn't receive the push alert that caused brief panic for players, officials and fans at the tournament.
"It was pretty scary at the hotel when they came over the loud speaker and said, 'Everyone take shelter, this isn't a drill, '" Spieth said.