PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Mark Calcavecchia felt confident about his game and fell in love with his putter. That's a rare combination for him, so he had a hunch that Saturday would bring him a good round in the PODS Championship.
He never could have imagined this.
The 46-year-old Calcavecchia made 10 birdies and tied the Copperhead course record at Innisbrook with a 9-under 62, going from the middle of the pack to a share of the lead with Heath Slocum, who birdied the last hole for a 67.
K.J. Choi shot 67 and was another shot behind.
"I don't see any reason why I can't finish it off," Calcavecchia said.
After the way his week started, it was still hard to believe he was in this position. Coming off a missed cut at the Honda Classic, Calcavecchia opened with a 75 by taking 36 putts, then packed his bags that evening expecting to miss the cut. But he tried out a new putter that he bought over the weekend and has been knocking in putts from everywhere.
He has taken only 46 putts over the past two days, and he finished the third round strong. Calcavecchia hit a 3-iron into about 6 feet on the par-3 17th, then hit a sweeping hook with a 7-iron out of a fairway bunker on the 18th and made a 20-foot birdie to tie the course record set by Jeff Sluman in the first round in 2004.
He and Slocum were at 9-under 204. Five players were within three shots of the lead, including Lucas Glover (67) and Chris DiMarco (69).
HUIXQUILUCAN, Mexico - Meaghan Francella shot a 4-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead during the suspended second round of the MasterCard Classic.
The 24-year-old Francella had five birdies and a bogey on the Bosque Real Country Club course in the round marred by sporadic rain that prevented 87 players from completing the round. She had an 8-under 136 total.
Stacy Prammanasudh, the first-round leader after a 67, and South Korea's Seon-Hwa Lee were tied for second at 6 under. Prammanasudh, coming off a victory two weeks ago in the Fields Open in Hawaii, played only two holes Saturday, while Lee shot a 69.
Mi Hyun Kim was 5 under through three holes.
Annika Sorenstam, the two-time defending champion making her first start of the year, was 3 under through two holes. Natalie Gulbis also was 3 under through two holes.
Mexican star Lorena Ochoa was 2 under, also through two holes.
Play resumed after a three-hour delay, then was called for good at 6 p.m. because of lightning. Thirty players were unable to start the round. The tour hopes to complete the round this morning, and tournament official Angus MacKenzie said the event would continue until Monday, if needed, to finish 54 holes.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - Jay Haas shot a 7-under 64 to match the Toshiba Classic's 36-hole scoring record and take a one-stroke lead over Peter Jacobsen into the final round of the Champions Tour event.
Haas, who opened with a 65, had a 13-under 129 total on the Newport Beach Country Club course. He matched the 36-hole record set by Rodger Davis in his 2003 victory.
Jacobsen followed his opening 66 with a 64.
R.W. Eaks (66) two strokes back at 11 under, and Ben Crenshaw (67) and Joe Ozaki (64) followed at 10 under.comments powered by Disqus