COLLINS MISSES SUB-60 ROUND, LEADS BY FOUR

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

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.

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