COLLINS MISSES SUB-60 ROUND, LEADS BY FOUR
Chad Collins missed a chance for the 10th sub-60 round in PGA Tour history and third of the season, parring the final two holes for an 11-under 60 on Friday in the second round of the Barbasol Championship.
Collins hit his approach to the back fringe on the par-4 18th, leaving a 70foot downhill birdie try that he hit 5 feet past.
“I just got myself out of position off the tee, which you can’t do,” Collins said. “Probably one of the easiest hole locations on the green, so it was kind of unfortunate to not hit the fairway and I probably would have had a better look at birdie there. I gave it a run. I’m not too disappointed at all by 60, so I’ll take it.”
Collins was at 15-under 127 for a four-stroke lead over Grayson Murray (64) and Cameron Tringale (66).
Piller holds 1-shot lead.
SYLVANIA, OHIO» Gerina Piller followed her opening 8-under 63 with a 68 to maintain a one-stroke in the Marathon Classic.
Piller had four birdies and a bogey at Highland Meadows in the second round to reach 11-under 131.
“Very satisfied,” Piller said. “I feel like I was pretty steady. I kind of had a par streak going there. But I gave myself chances for birdie, and at that point, you’ve just got to be patient, and there’s some birdie holes out there. I stayed patient, not one on my front nine and then reeled off three in a row on the back. It is difficult, but if you can just kind of plug along and hit fairways and greens and keep it simple.”
She’s winless on the LPGA Tour.
“Well, it’s only Friday, so I wouldn’t put the cart before the horse, but to get that first win I think would be really special, no matter where it is,” Piller said. “I’m just going to try to focus on the process, and the result will take care of itself.”
U.S. Solheim Cup teammate Lexi Thompson had a 65 to move into a tie for second with fellow American Nelly Korda (64), South Korea’s In-Kyung Kim (67) and Taiwan’s Peiyun Chien (68).
Lestishen leads Colorado Open.
Jacob Lestishen of Lone Tree posted an 8-under 64 at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club to take the clubhouse lead by one stroke at 11-under par at the $250,000 CoBank Colorado Open.
Lestishen shot the low tournament round with eight birdies and no bogies before the afternoon players ran into high wind and a 75-minute weather delay before the stoppage of play due to darkness.
Lestishen improved 25 places from round one to move into first ahead of four players.