World News – CA – Long takes advantage on two strokes at Puntacana championship


Adam Long shot an eight-under-64 to open a two-stroke lead at the PGA Tour Corales Puntacana Championship on Saturday
The 33-year-old American carded eight birdies and 10 pars in a flawless, bogey-free round at the Corales Puntacana complex in the Dominican Republic Long, who is chasing just his second career PGA Tour title after winning the Desert Classic l ‘ last year, started the third round three by beating
But Long started moving up the standings after fending off four birdies over the top nine to reach the four-under, 13-under turn.
A brilliant second shot from the fairway on par-four 10 left him a three-footer for his fifth birdie of the day which he duly converted
Long then went on a series of three birdies in a row at the 12th, 13th and 14th holes to rule out two shots from the field of 17 under in total.
Second-round leader Hudson Swafford will lead Long’s pursuit on Sunday’s final lap after a three-under-69 battle
Swafford had started his second round with a swing, terrifying the par three seconds to drop a shot
But he regained his momentum on the fourth with a birdie, then rolled into a 20-foot putt for the Eagle on par five-seventh.
Another birdie on the eighth took Swafford to 15 under but his momentum faltered afterward, ending his round with 10 consecutive pars to end the day in second place on 15 under
Canadian Mackenzie Hughes is alone in third place with 14 under par after a score of five under par 67
Hughes opened with a bogey, but then climbed the bottom nine standings with three consecutive birdies, entering from the green at the 15th and 17th holes
China’s Zhang Xinjun is four out of the lead on 13 under after a four under par 68, one ahead of Nate Lashley and Sean O’Hair, who are tied for fifth on 12 under
Saturday’s biggest move came from India Anirban Lahiri The 33-year-old from Pune climbed 47 places in the table with an eight-under-64
Lahiri’s bogeyless display was capped by his eighth birdie of the day on the 18th green, leaving him tied for seventh on 11 under alongside Americans Tyler McCumber, Luke List and Justin Suh
Best scores of the third round
(USA unless otherwise specified, par-72):
199-Adam Long 70-65-64
201-Hudson Sword 65-67-69
202-Mackenzie Hughes (CAN) 68-67-67
203-Zhang Xinjun (CHN) 66-69-68
204-Sean O’Hair 67-67-70, Nate Lashley 68-71-65
205-Anirban Lahiri (IND) 69-72-64, Tyler McCumber 65-71-69, Justin Suh 67-67-71, Luke List 69-65-71
206-Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 70-68-68, James Hahn 68-68-70, Kelly Kraft 68-68-70

Puntacana Resort and Club Corales Championship, PGA TOUR, Hudson Swafford, Punta Cana

World News – CA – Long takes two lead at Puntacana Championship


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