ENDICOTT, N.Y. – Kevin Sutherland shot the first 59 by a player on the 50-and-older Champions Tour and took the lead after two rounds at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open on Saturday at En-Joie Golf Club.
The 50-year-old Sutherland had a chance to become the first player to card a 58 in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event with a par on No. 18, but made his only bogey of the day. His par putt from about 6 feet slid past the hole.
“Who would have thought you’d bogey the last hole and still feel great?” he said.
Sutherland opened with seven birdies and an eagle on the first eight holes. He had 12 birdies overall, including three straight coming into No. 18 to set up the chance for a 58.
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Sutherland, playing in his third Champions Tour event, was at 14-under 130 for 36 holes. Steve Lowery (65) was at 13 under.
Sutherland owns one career PGA Tour title, winning the 2002 Match Play Championship.
Six players have shot a 59 on the PGA Tour.
After an eagle on the fifth hole, Sutherland said he got the feeling “this could be a good day.”
A chip-in for a birdie from a bunker on the par-3 seventh hole confirmed the Californian’s hunch.
“That was my biggest break of the day,” Sutherland said. “I guess you need a margin of luck to shoot a 59.”
PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Brittany Lincicome’s lead in the LPGA Championship was down to one stroke after the third round.
The long-hitting American, who began the day at Monroe Golf Club with a three-shot advantage, shot a 1-under 71 and was at 10 under for 54 holes.
Suzann Pettersen (67) of Norway and Inbee Park (69) of South Korea were tied for second in the fourth LPGA major of the year.
Jimin Kang (74), a graduate of King’s High School in Shoreline, was tied for 59th place at 4 over.
• Nick Watney birdied the final hole for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Wyndham Championship, a PGA Tour event at Sedgefield in Greensboro, N.C.
Watney was at 14-under 196 and Brad Fritsch (65) was in second.
Michael Putnam (74), who is from University Place, was tied for 63rd at 1 under.
• Cameron Tringale has been disqualified from the PGA Championship after telling the rules committee he might have whiffed on a tap-in putt in last Sunday’s final round and thus signed for an incorrect score.
Tringale loses his 33rd-place finish at Valhalla in Louisville, Ky., and $53,000 in earnings.
• Canadian Corey Conners and South Korean Gunn Yang will meet in Sunday’s 36-hole U.S. Amateur final in Johns Creek, Ga.