Hunter Mahan stretched his lead to four shots Friday in the Cadillac Championship - until he stumbled with a pair of bogeys toward the end of his second round, had to settle for a 1-under-par 71, and suddenly had the No. 1 player right on his heels.
“I hit a lot of good shots – just didn’t finish as strong as I would have hoped,” Mahan said. “But I’m pretty happy with where I am.”
PGA champion Martin Kaymer, in his second week atop the world ranking, played bogey-free in a steady breeze for a 70 that put him one shot behind Mahan and in the final group.
Mahan was at 9-under 135. Francesco Molinari, going after his second World Golf Championship, had a 68 and joined Kaymer at 8 under.
Rory McIlroy (69), Matt Kuchar (69) and Nick Watney (70) were among those two shots behind. Dustin Johnson (69) and Adam Scott (70) were another stroke back.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson struggled and were at even par.
PRICE FIRES A 60
Nick Price matched the lowest round in Champions Tour history, eagling two of final four holes for an 11-under 60 in the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, Calif.
Seeking his fourth victory on the 50-and-over tour, Price eagled the par-5 15th and 18th holes and had seven birdies in a bogey-free round.
Tom Purtzer shot a 60 in the 2004 event. Isao Aoki (1997 Emerald Coast Classic), Walter Morgan (2002 AT&T Canada Senior Open), Bruce Fleisher (2002 RJR Championship), Jim Thorpe (2003 Long Island Classic) and Craig Stadler (2005 Blue Angels Classic) also have shot 60 on the tour.
Price had a five-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara, Mark Wiebe and Brad Bryant. Defending champion Fred Couples, a Seattle native, opened with a 66.
TRIO TIED FOR LEAD
Chris Tidland shot a 9-under 63 for a share of the second-round lead in the Puerto Rico Open with James Driscoll and Troy Matteson.
Tidland had nine birdies in a bogey-free round at Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico to match the course record set by Derek Lamely in his victory last year and tied by Driscoll on Thursday.
Matteson shot his second consecutive 67, and Driscoll had a 71 to join Tidland at 10 under.
Tracking ANDRES GONZALES
This week: PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open, through Sunday, Trump International Golf Club, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
In the field: Olympia’s Andres Gonzales.
Gonzales’ second-round score: 2-under-par 70.
Position: Gonzales (2-under 142) is tied for 48th, trailing co-leaders James Driscoll, Troy Matteson and Chris Tidland (134).
Recap: The Capital High graduate moved up 21 spots Friday, getting it all started with an eagle on the par-5 fifth.
Tee time today: Gonzales is at 4:24 a.m. PST off the first tee.
Todd Milles, staff writer