US: Cool Prugh is new leader
Alex Prugh has become the third leader of the weather-delayed Bob Hope Classic in as many rounds.
American Alex Prugh became the third leader of the weather-delayed Bob Hope Classic in as many rounds on Saturday when he shot a seven-under 65.
A bogey at the penultimate hole denied second-round leader Bubba Watson a tie for first place with Prugh in this unusual 90-hole tournament, which will now conclude on Monday following the loss of a complete day’s play on Thursday.
Prugh’s bogey-free 65, which gave him the lead at 21 under par, came at La Quinta, which is considered one of the more challenging of the four par-72 courses in play at this PGA Tour pro-am event being played in the Coachella Valley in southern California.
Prugh was isn’t allowing himself to get too excited about his situation. In fact he described his performance on Saturday as ‘boring’.
“Honestly, today was a really boring round,” the 25-year-old from Spokane in Washington admitted
“It’s not a bad thing. I was hitting the driver very well, and I kept on hitting fairway after fairway after fairway. It’s just kind of boring
“I haven’t had any emotions yet,
“This tournament is so spread out. You have four different courses, you’re playing with amateurs – it’s kind of hard to get yourself caught up in everything. I’m just playing golf.”
Watson, in the meantime, is tied for second with PGA Tour rookie Martin Flores, who’s 65 at SilverRock took him to 20 under, one stroke behind Prugh.
Another American, Joe Ogilvie, also carded a 68 at SilverRock to move into fourth place on 17 under with South Africa’s Tim Clark a further shot in arrears after a 67, in a tie for fifth with Chad Collins and Bill Haas.
Sweden’s Richard S Johnson is the leading European at 13 under following a 65 at La Quinta with compatriot Fredrik Jacobson on 11 under after a 68 at the same course.
England’s Justin Rose shot a 69 at the Nicklaus course at PGA West to get to 10 under with a 70 from another Englishman Greg Owen sending him tumbling down the leaderboard to seven under.
Londoner Brian Davis fired a 69 at the Nicklaus to move to four under while Scotland’s Martin Laird shot a 70 at La Quinta to finish at level par for the tournament.
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