Day, Tringale extend Shootout lead

Jason Day and Cameron Tringale extended their lead to three strokes after shooting a 8-under 64 in modified alternate-shot play to in the Franklin Templeton Shootout.

The pair are 25-under-par after taking the first round lead with a 17-under 55 in the scramble round at Tiburon Golf Club.

Graeme McDowell and Gary Woodland are placed second while defending champions Matt Kuchar and Harris English are placed third at 21-under.

Day needed no reminder of how well Kuchar and English did it in 2013 and noted that he knows they would have to be at their best in the final two rounds.

“These guys played well last year, 34 under is a big margin,” Day said.

“So this is the format that you need to play well. You need to play this format because it’s very quick to lose your lead.”

Charles Howell III and Scott Verplank were 19-under after a 64. The teams of Keegan Bradley-Camilo Villegas (67), Billy Horschel-Ian Poulter (65) and Patrick Reed-Brandt Snedeker (65) were 18-under.

Snedeker, who shot a 10-under 62 in the alternate shot format with Davis Love III in 2012, had it going with Reed early. After a birdie on No. 10, they were 6 under for the day, 17 under for the tournament and one shot behind.

While they cooled, Day and Tringale took off and quickly built the lead back to five shots. They had an eagle on No. 6 and birdies on Nos. 3 and 8-10.

Tringale said he didn’t see a scoreboard until No. 10 but doesn’t really watch them, anyway. Day said he’s just the opposite.

“I think if there were more boards out there, I would probably be watching because I tend to watch a lot more scoreboards than Cameron,” Day said.

“I like to know what I need to do. That may add some pressure.”