Scottsdale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – Martin Laird shot 3-under 68 on Saturday
and he extended his lead to three strokes after 54 holes of the Phoenix Open.
Laird ended three rounds at 13-under-par 200. He will go for his fourth PGA
Tour title on Sunday.
Hideki Matsuyama fired an 8-under 63, the low round of the week at the TPC
Scottsdale, and he soared into a share of second place at minus-10. He was
joined there by Brooks Koepka (64) and Zach Johnson (67).
Jon Rahm, who is a member of the Arizona State golf team, posted a 5-under 66
Panama City, Panama (SportsNetwork.com) – Hao Tong Li fired a 5-under 65 in
Saturday’s third round and he moved atop the leaderboard at the season-opening
Panama Claro Championship.
Li ended 54 holes at 9-under-par 201. The China native topped the PGA Tour
China money list in 2014 to earn his Web.com Tour card for 2015. This is his
first career start on the Web.com Tour.
Second-round leader Harold Varner III tripped to a 1-over 71 and he slid into
a share of second place at minus-8. He was joined there by Mathew Goggin, who
carded an even-par 70 that continue
Scottsdale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – Martin Laird carded his second straight
5-under 66 on Friday to grab the lead at the Phoenix Open, but the bigger
story was who won’t be around for the weekend.
Laird ended 36 holes at 10-under-par 132. He closed his second round with a
bogey at the 18th, and that was his first bogey of the tournament.
While that was his first bogey, two of the biggest names in the field – Tiger
Woods and Phil Mickelson – dropped too many shots and continue
Panama City, Panama (SportsNetwork.com) – Harold Varner III fired a 6-under 64
in Friday’s second round and he jumped into the lead after 36 holes of the
season-opening Panama Claro Championship.
Varner, who is starting his second full season on the Web.com Tour, finished
two rounds at 9-under 131. He missed the tournament’s 36-hole scoring record
by one stroke.
Mathew Goggin is one stroke back at minus-8 after a second-round, 5-under 65
at Club de Golf de Panama. Zack Fischer (66) and Henrik Norlander (67) share
Ocala, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Lydia Ko fired a 7-under 65 in Friday’s third
round to move one stroke clear of Ha Na Jang at the season-opening Coates Golf
Ko ended 54 holes at 14-under-par 202. She picked up three of her five LPGA
Tour titles last year, and with a win on Saturday will likely become the
youngest player ever, male or female, to reach No. 1 in the world rankings.
Jang, the second-round leader, managed a 1-under 71 at Golden Ocala Golf and
Equestrian Club and is alone in second place at minus-13. Na Yeon Choi carded