Given a puncher’s chance, Ho≠man grabs share of lead

The Washington Post Sunday - - HOCKEY - GOLF ROUNDUP

Charley Hoff­man would have been happy to get off the 18th hole at Bay Hill with a par and go into the fi­nal round of the Arnold Palmer In­vi­ta­tional within one shot of the lead. With one big putt, Satur­day turned out bet­ter than he could have imag­ined.

From tram­pled grass left of the 18th fair­way, a tree slightly in his way, Hoff­man chose to punch a 7-iron and have it run down the firm fair­way. As long as it didn’t run into the wa­ter, he fig­ured he would have a chance for par.

The ball set­tled 70 feet away on the fringe, and Hoff­man made the putt for a birdie, a 1-un­der -par 71 and a share of the lead with Kevin Kis­ner in Or­lando.

It was quite a wild ride, even by Or­lando’s stan­dards.

Kis­ner, who made three birdies in a four-hole stretch around the turn, wound up three-putting from above the hole on the fringe and shot a 68.

They were at 11-un­der 205, three shots clear of any­one else, both in po­si­tion to win the first Arnold Palmer In­vi­ta­tional since the Septem­ber death of the iconic tour­na­ment host.

CHAM­PI­ONS: Steve Stricker shot a 10-un­der 63 in hot con­di­tions to take a three-stroke lead in the Tuc­son Con­quis­ta­dores Clas­sic, putting him in po­si­tion to win in his PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons de­but.

Stricker is try­ing to be­come the 19th player to win in his first start on the 50-and-over and first since Miguel An­gel Jimenez in the 2014 Greater Gwin­nett Cham­pi­onship.

Tom Lehman was sec­ond af­ter a 67. First-round leader Fred Cou­ples had a 70 to fall into a tie for third with Kevin Suther­land (65) at 11 un­der.

LPGA: Anna Nordqvist shot a tour­na­ment-record 11-un­der 61 to take a two-stroke lead over Stacy Lewis and Ariya Ju­tanu­garn into the fi­nal round of the Bank of Hope Founders Cup in Phoenix.

Lewis and Ju­tanu­garn each shot 66 playing to­gether for the third straight day.

Playing in record 95-de­gree heat at Desert Ridge, Nordqvist broke the tour­na­ment 54-hole record of 19 un­der set by Ai Miyazato in 2013.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.