Dramatic hole-out lifts Tringale near lead


LOS ANGELES – For a player who was born in Mission Viejo, Calif., and now lives in Laguna Niguel, Saturday couldn’t have played out much better for Cameron Tringale.

Tringale started quickly at the Genesis Open with three consecutive birdies starting at No. 3, added two more at the turn and arrived at the 18th hole alone in third place, two strokes off the lead.

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After missing the fairway right and chipping out to 82 yards, he took dead aim with his third shot and ignited the crowd with what he called a “slam dunk” when his third shot dropped into the hole for birdie.

“I was trying to fly it a couple feet past the hole and it just dropped in," he ssaid. "It was right on line. I heard it hit the flag, and then when people started going crazy, figured it had gone in. It was a fun way to end.”

Tringale finished with a bogey-free 64 for a share of second place with Pat Perez, a shot behind front-runner Dustin Johnson.