McDow­ell shoots 64 in Punta Cana for PGA lead

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports -

Graeme McDow­ell one-putted the first 15 greens Satur­day and shot his sec­ond straight 8un­der 64 to take a on­e­stroke lead in the PGA Tour’s Co­rales Pun­ta­cana Re­sort & Club Cham­pi­onship in Punta Cana, Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic.

Win­less since 2016, the 39-year-old ma­jor cham­pion from North­ern Ire­land had a 15-un­der 201 to­tal. He opened with a 73. Chris Stoud was sec­ond, also shoot­ing 64.

Sec­ond-round leader Sung­jae Im, likely need­ing a vic­tory Sun­day to get into the top 50 in the world and earn a Mas­ters spot, had a 69 to drop into a tie for third with Aaron Bad­de­ley (68) at 13 un­der. The win­ner doesn’t get an au­to­matic Mas­ters spot be­cause the event is be­ing played op­po­site the World Golf Cham­pi­onships event in Texas.

No­table

In­dian Open: Ju­lian Suri and Cal­lum Shinkwin share a two-shot lead af­ter a dramatic fin­ish to the third round in New Delhi.

Shinkwin shot a 4-un­der 68 be­fore Suri ( 71) sent a ter­ri­ble tee shot into a haz­ard on the par-5 18th, lead­ing to a dou­ble bo­gey for the Amer­i­can.

That left both play­ers with an over­all 11-un­der­par 205.

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