Kite Extends Lead in Season-Opener


Tom Kite played the back nine at Hualalai Golf Club in 2-over-par Saturday, but still managed to maintain a five-shot lead entering the final round of season-opening MasterCard Championship.
Kite followed his course-record 63 with a Day-2 69 to move to 12-under 132 for the tournament in Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii. John Jacobs (67), Walter Hall (69) and Bob Gilder (70) are all tied for second place at 7-under.
I wish it was a bigger lead, but any lead is a nice lead, Kite said.
Brothers Lanny (69) and Bobby (70) Wadkins share fifth place at 6-under. Defending champion Larry Nelson birdied his final hole to shoot a 1-over 73. Hes seven off the pace at 5-under.
Kite started the day with a three shot lead, and built upon that advantage with five birdies over his first seven holes. However, he could only muster two bogeys and nine pars coming home.
The wind hit us on the seventh hole and from that point on, it was just an absolute battle, he said. I shot 2-over-par on the back nine and really played great. That was as well as I hit the ball all week.
Im hitting the ball solidly and putting pretty well. I feel good about the position Im in.
Full-field scores from the MasterCard Championship