Fathauer struggles with first lead on PGA Tour


PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico – Derek Fathauer’s first brush with the lead on the PGA Tour didn’t go as planned Sunday at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Thankfully for Fathauer, he’ll have a chance for redemption on Monday.

Fathauer began the final-round at El Camaleon equipped with a one-shot lead, but that advantage was erased when he bogeyed the opening hole. With many of the leaders taking advantage of soft conditions, Fathauer was unable to get anything going and didn’t make his first birdie of the day until No. 9.

Fathauer bogeyed the very next hole and was 1 over through 12 holes when play was halted because of darkness. He is the only player in the top 25 currently over par in the final round.

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“I feel like I’m playing the same way as I have all week, and I’ve just burnt the edge on like every putt today,” Fathauer said. “It’s just the way it goes sometimes.”

Thanks to a lengthy rain delay, Fathauer is one of 27 players who will return to the course Monday to complete the final round. When he returns, he’ll face a short eagle chip on the par-5 13th and only a few holes to erase a four-shot deficit to co-leaders Russell Knox and Graeme McDowell.

“Hopefully come out, make a birdie or eagle on that par 5 and maybe make a little noise in the morning,” he said.