Jhonattan Vegas leads Ernie Els by two at Honda Classic
Jhonattan Vegas carded a six-under-par 64 to claim a two-shot lead at the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic on Thursday.
The Venezuelan leads a quarter of players on four-under – Ernie Els, Zach Johnson, Lucas Glover and Ben Silverman.
Teeing off on the 10th, Vegas showed tremendous accuracy on the tough Champion course and fired in six birdies, three of which with from more than 13 feet.
South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel is in a group of 13 players who carded 67s, which also include Brooks Koepka, Rickie Fowler, and Korean Lee Kyoung-hoon., while defending champion Justin Thomas is another stroke further back.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 1, 2019
“Every time I come around this place and don’t make a bogey it’s pretty good,” Vegas told the media from the clubhouse after his round.
“I was able to drive the ball really well today. I hit my irons incredibly well.
“I only missed three greens and out of those three I left two within 15 feet of the hole.”
The 49-year-old Els also carded six birdies but notched a double-bogey at the short 15th, where his tee-shot landed in the water trap.
“That freaking 15th hole is no good at all on this golf course,” Els joked after his round.
The veteran Els went into the tournament with 19 PGA Tour wins behind his name, with his most recent victory coming at the 2012 Open Championship.
“Obviously 20 is a great number,” he added.
“It’s late in my career, but I’ll take any win now. I’m not thinking about it. I’m just thinking about tomorrow’s round and so forth. But it would be magic.
“I’ve really been swinging it better lately and this is a golf course where you get it anywhere under par and you’re really happy, even in benign conditions like this morning,”
Gareth Bale admits to nerves on debut at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-am
The 33-year-old, who announced his retirement from football last month, is a two-handicapper.
Jordan Spieth wants Pebble Beach to become one of PGA Tour’s elevated events
The PGA Tour’s top players have committed to playing against each other at least 20 times a year.
G4D Open is ‘great news’ for golfers with disabilities – Brendan Lawlor
Up to 80 players will contest the inaugural event in May.
It’s been a battle – Rory McIlroy delighted to pip rival Patrick Reed in Dubai
The Northern Irishman birdied the final two holes at Emirates Golf Club to card a closing 68 and finish a shot ahead of Reed on 19 under par.
Rory McIlroy holds off rival Patrick Reed with birdie on 18 to seal Dubai win
McIlroy birdied the final two holes at Emirates Golf Club to card a closing 68 and finish 19 under par.
Rory McIlroy leads by three in bid to win his third Dubai Desert Classic title
England’s Callum Shinkwin and Dan Bradbury are McIlroy’s closest challengers heading into the final round.
Golf bid to increase diversity in sport improving but still has ‘long way to go’
Nicola Bennett is an ambassador for the Golf Foundation, helping to drive grassroots campaigns.
Richard Bland boasts share of lead at halfway stage in Dubai Desert Classic
The 49-year-old returned to complete his second round on Saturday morning, carding three more birdies and a solitary bogey in his remaining 14 holes.
On this day in 2009 – Colin Montgomerie appointed Europe’s Ryder Cup captain
The Scot made eight playing appearances in the competition.
Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed set up potential showdown in Dubai
McIlroy and Reed found themselves a shot behind world number one amateur Ludvig Aberg and Ian Poulter.