STALLINGS TIES COURSE RECORD FOR 1-STROKE LEAD AT 19-UN­DER

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ALA.» Scott Stallings birdied the fi­nal hole for an OPE­LIKA,

11-un­der 60 and a one-stroke lead Satur­day in the PGA Tour’s Bar­ba­sol Cham­pi­onship.

Stallings’ 12-foot putt on the par-4 18th caught the right edge and dropped in for the sec­ond 60 in two days in swel­ter­ing con­di­tions at Grand Na­tional’s rain-soft­ened Lake Course.

“I just tried to stay as cool as I could tem­per­a­ture­wise,” Stallings said. “It’s bru­tal hot out there . ... I think that was a good dis­trac­tion for me. I knew I was play­ing well, but just try­ing to drink as much wa­ter as I could and try to eat when I could and, when it was my turn to hit, be ready to go. It’s pretty easy to lose your train of thought. I def­i­nitely ran into that yes­ter­day.”

Grayson Mur­ray was sec­ond af­ter his sec­ond straight 64.

Stallings hit all 18 greens in reg­u­la­tion and birdied the fi­nal three holes to tie the course record set last year by Jhonat­tan Ve­gas and matched by Chad Collins on Fri­day. The three-time PGA Tour win­ner had the low­est round of his tour ca­reer and broke the tour­na­ment 54-hole record at 19-un­der 194.

Rookie Nelly Korda takes Marathon Clas­sic lead.

OHIO» Nelly Korda birdied the fi­nal two holes

SYL­VA­NIA, for a 5-un­der 66 and a 2-stroke lead in the Marathon Clas­sic.

The 18-year-old Korda, the sis­ter of LPGA Tour win­ner Jes­sica Korda and the daugh­ter of ten­nis ma­jor cham­pion Petr Korda, had a 15-un­der 198 to­tal at High­land Mead­ows. She opened with a 68 and had a 64 on Fri­day, the best score in the sec­ond round.

“There’s still 18 more holes and a lot of golf left to be played, so I’m just go­ing to stay pa­tient and see how it goes,” Korda said. “Not re­ally go­ing to think about it too much. I’m not go­ing to get ahead of my­self. I’ve done that a cou­ple times this year, and I’m just go­ing to take it shot by shot.”

PGA Tour win­ner Kaye leads Colorado Open by two. Jonathan Kaye of Boul­der scored a 7-un­der 65 to put some breath­ing room be­tween him and the field and take a two-stroke lead at 17-un­der at the Cobank Colorado Open at Green Val­ley Ranch Golf Club.

The two-time PGA Tour win­ner and 1996 Colorado Open champ birdied three of his first four holes and five of nine be­fore card­ing only two more birdies.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Neil John­son of River Falls, Wis., made the big­gest jump, thanks to a tour­na­ment-low 9-un­der 63 to share sec­ond place at 15-un­der with sec­on­dround leader Ja­cob Lestishen of Lone Tree. John­son’s flaw­less card was only slightly bet­ter than ama­teur Jake Sta­iano’s 8-un­der 64, which in­cluded seven birdies, an eagle at the par-5 ninth that lipped out to miss a dou­bleea­gle, and a bogey at the par-4 10th.

Foot­note. Noah Good­win ral­lied to beat Matthew Wolff 1 up in 100-de­gree heat in the U.S. Ju­nior Ama­teur fi­nal to be­come the third player to win a year af­ter los­ing the ti­tle match. The 17-year-old Good­win, from Corinth, Texas, was four holes down with eight to play at Flint Hills Na­tional be­fore pulling off the sec­ond-big­gest come­back in tour­na­ment his­tory. — The As­so­ci­ated Press

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