Jhonattan Vegas birdied the final five holes Saturday to rejoin Gary Woodland atop the Bob Hope Classic leaderboard for the second straight day.
Vegas shot a 6-under 66 on the La Quinta course to match Woodland at 24 under. Woodland had a 66 in postcard-perfect weather on the Palmer Private course in the PGA Tour’s only five-day, four-course event.
Scotland’s Martin Laird (66) was two strokes back, and defending champion Bill Haas joined three contenders in fourth place with a 10-under 62 on the generous Palmer course.
Vegas and Woodland are seeking their first PGA Tour victories, but the ideal Palm Springs, Calif., conditions make near-perfection necessary. The leaders think they’ll need to go 30 under to win.
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“This deal is still long from over,” Woodland said. “It’s going to be a shootout again.
COCHRAN SETS PACE
Russ Cochran shot a 7-under 65 to maintain a two-stroke lead over defending champion Tom Watson in the Champions Tour’s season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii.
Cochran, 52, coming off a two-win season that broke a nearly 20-year drought, had his second straight bogey-free round to reach 17-under 127, matching Don Pooley’s 36-hole record set in 2006.
Watson shot a 65, birdieing the last hole to reach 15 under – the same two-round total he had last year when he led by two strokes. John Cook (64) was third at 14 under.
KAYMER OUT FRONT
Defending champion Martin Kaymer shot a 6-under 66 to extend his lead to five strokes in the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in the United Arab Emirates. Kaymer was at 18-under 198.