Mal­nati multi-tasker

Edmonton Sun - - SPORTS -

Peter Mal­nati, playing while await­ing a po­ten­tial call to leave town for the birth of his first child, held the Hous­ton Open lead when the sec­ond round was sus­pended due to dark­ness Fri­day in Hum­ble, texas.

Fifty-nine play­ers have yet to com­plete the sec­ond round, which will re­sume Satur­day morn­ing.

Mal­nati shot a 7-un­der-par 65 on Fri­day at the Golf club of Hous­ton, leav­ing him at 10-un­der 134. Firstround co-leader

Talor Gooch is at 9-un­der through 14 holes of his sec­ond round.

three play­ers share third place at 8-un­der.

aus­tria’s Sepp Straka com­pleted a 1-un­der 71 on Fri­day while Nick Wat­ney is at 3-un­der for the round through 14 holes and Lanto Grif­fin is at 2-un­der through 13 holes.

the sec­ond round will con­clude early Satur­day morn­ing be­fore the start of the third round.

Mal­nati, 32, cap­tured the 2016 San­der­son Farms cham­pi­onship, but his at­tempt to earn an­other ti­tle could be de­railed by weight­ier fam­ily mat­ters.

His wife, Ali­cia, who is in Knoxville, tenn., is due to de­liver the child in two weeks, but Mal­nati is pre­pared in case the baby comes sooner.

“I’m fully on call,” Mal­nati said, ac­cord­ing to Golfchan­nel.com.

“I didn’t know if I was go­ing to come play here or not. (ali­cia is) al­ways en­cour­ag­ing me to play and she has all the media of­fi­cials’ phone num­bers, so if some­one has to come get me off the course this week, they will.”

Mal­nati said he told him­self, “’dude, this is your last tour­na­ment be­fore you be­come a dad, like do some­thing with it.’”

He did some­thing spe­cial at the start of his round Fri­day, be­gin­ning with con­sec­u­tive birdies, then fol­low­ing a par with an ea­gle at No. 4 and a birdie at No. 5. Mal­nati added two more birdies the rest of the way in a bo­gey-free round.

On the 565-yard, par-5 fourth hole, Mal­nati knocked his 265-yard sec­ond shot to 22 feet of the pin, then sank the ea­gle putt.

“I was re­ally pleased with the way I hit a lot of the putts in the wind,” he said.

Gooch also recorded an ea­gle on Fri­day, on the par-5 13th hole, but he fol­lowed it with con­sec­u­tive bo­geys to fin­ish his first nine holes be­fore adding a lone birdie on the day.

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