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