Ernie Els took the 2nd-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Hoag Traditional on Saturday, whereas David Morland IV of Aurora, Ont., is one shot off the drag.
Ernie Els took the 2nd-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Hoag Traditional on Saturday, eagling the par-5 15th and birdieing the closing two holes for a 7-under 64.
Making his third senior originate, the 50-one year-used Hall of Famer from South Africa rebounded from a bogey on the par-4 14th with the find manufacture to realize 12-under 130 at Newport Seashore Nation Membership.
“I’m simply going to evaluate the job at hand, striking one foot in front of the assorted,” Els said. “I’ve acquired some tournaments forward of, but I will be capable to no longer be contemplating of that tomorrow, I’ve got to if truth be told reduction the foot on the pedal. These guys are coming with birdies tomorrow. Actual play a find round and respect what happens.”
Els lost a playoff to Miguel Angel Jimenez in his debut in the season-opening Mitsubishi Electrical Championship in Hawaii, then tied for 34th closing week in the Cologuard Traditional in Arizona.
He eagled the 15th for the 2nd straight day.
“I hit drive and a 5- iron to about, what became it, 12, 14 feet,” Els said. “It became a terribly good putt to whisk in because I bogeyed the old hole, so it became if truth be told momentum swinger and it got me going down 17 and 18. Made a simply one on 17 and a simply one on 18. Loads to play tomorrow, but I’m in good space.”
Defending Charles Schwab Cup champion Scott McCarron and Monday qualifier David Morland IV of Aurora, Ont., had been a stroke abet. McCarron had a 68, and Morland adopted his opening 61 with a 70.
“Ought to you requested me before all the pieces of the week if I became a shot out of the lead with a possibility to rob, I could well maybe be contented,” Morland said “It can maybe well maybe even be good to private a 3-shot lead, but in competition. Here’s what we play golf for.”
Ken Tanigawa (66) and Ken Duke (69) had been 10 under.
Hall of Famer Fred Couples, the 2010 and 2014 winner, topped the neighborhood at 9 under after a 66.
“Or no longer it is a limiteless tournament. Or no longer it is one of my favourites,” the 60-one year-used Couples said. “I expose each person look after Ernie, must you salvage on tour, you do no longer desire to omit Newport because they private got huge crowds and it is a stress-free golf course.”
Bernhard Langer, the 62-one year-used German vital particular person coming off a victory closing week in Tucson, became tied for 37th at 1 under after a 71. He acquired the 2008 tournament.
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