Golf Talk Live - Loren Roberts Transcript Segment 1

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 13, 2000, 5:00 pm
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IN A SPORT WHERE YOUTH SEEMS TO DOMINATE, LOREN ROBERTS IS DISRUPTING THE BELL CURVE. AT 45 HE ENJOYED ONE OF THE BEST YEARS OF HIS CAREER. A SILKY SMOOTH PUTTING STROKE EARNED HIM THE NICKNAME

BOSS OF THE MOSS. MEET HIM TONIGHT AND LEARN SOME OF HIS PUTTING SECRETS ON GOLF TALK LIVE.

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LOREN ROBERTS CLAIMS HE'S A LITTLE BEHIND ON THE LEARNING CURVE. IF THAT'S TRUE, HE CERTAINLY CAUGHT ON QUICKLY. HE DIDN'T PICK UP HIS FIRST PGA TOUR VICTORY UNTIL THE AGE OF 38.

NOW A 7 TIME PGA TOUR WINNER, ROBERTS HAS WON FIVE OF HIS TITLES AND MORE THAN FIVE MILLION DOLLARS SINCE TURNING 40. NOT BAD FOR A FELLOW WHO SPENT HIS TIME AFTER COLLEGE IN A PRO SHOP AND DIDN'T TAKE UP GOLF PROFESSIONALLY UNTIL THE AGE OF 28. HIS 2000 SEASON INCLUDED A TOUR VICTORY.

A TERRIFIC SHOWING AT AUGUSTA, WHERE HIS MASTERFUL PLAY ON THE GREENS SURPRISED NO ONE. A VALIDATING PERFORMANCE HAS THE CAPTAIN'S SELECTION AT THE PRESIDENT'S CUP. AND HIS SIXTH TRIP TO THE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE LAST SEVEN YEARS.

IF KEEPING THE BALL IN THE FAIRWAY AND MAKING PUTTS IS A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS, LOREN ROBERTS HAS IT MEMORIZED. AMONG THE BEST ON TOUR IN DRIVING ACCURACY AND PUTTING, HE'S USED HIS PRECISION TO RACK UP NINE TOP TENS IN 24 EVENTS THIS YEAR, INCLUDING HIS WIN AT THE 2000 GREATER MILWAUKEE OPEN.

APPROACHING THE TALL SIDE OF FORTY, LOREN ROBERTS ISN'T ON A SLOW STROLL TOWARDS THE SENIOR TOUR, HE'S KEEPING THE PACE AND OFTEN SETTING IT FOR HIS YOUNGER PEERS ON THE PGA TOUR.

JENNIFER MILLS
HELLO EVERYBODY. LOREN, WELCOME. GOOD TO SEE YOU HERE IN THE STUDIOS.

LOREN ROBERTS
THANKS EVER.

JENNIFER MILLS
WE TALK ABOUT YOU SAYING THAT YOU WERE A LATE BLOOMER.

LOREN ROBERTS
MHMM

JENNIFER MILLS
SO I WANT TO GO BACK TO THE BEGINNING AND TALK ABOUT GOLF IN THE FIRST PLACE. YOU PLAYED BASEBALL, I UNDERSTAND, IN HIGH SCHOOL.

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH WELL, I REALLY WASN'T VERY GOOD. I UH

JENNIFER MILLS
VARSITY BASEBALL, SO YOU MUST HAVE BEEN

PRETTY GOOD

LOREN ROBERTS
WELL, I, I HAD TWO THINGS TURN ME TO GOLF. I HIT A LINE DRIVE SINGLE TO RIGHT FIELD AND GOT THROWN OUT OF FIRST BASE, SO I FIGURED THERE WASN'T MUCH CHANCE FOR ME IN THE BIGS.

JENNIFER MILLS
WHEN DID YOU START PLAYING GOLF?

LOREN ROBERTS
UM, I REALLY PLAYED MAYBE A COUPLE OF TIMES A YEAR WITH MY DAD, STARTING FROM ABOUT 8 YEARS OLD, BUT I DIDN'T REALLY START PLAYING ALL THE TIME UNTIL MY SOPHOMORE SUMMER IN HIGH SCHOOL, WHEN I QUIT BASEBALL.

JENNIFER MILLS
AND AS FAR AS PLAYING, DID YOU JUST DECIDE THAT THIS IS A SPORT I LIKE. I'M GOING TO TAKE IT UP FULL TIME OR HOW SERIOUSLY DID YOU PLAY WHEN YOU STARTED PLAYING?

LOREN ROBERTS
WELL, WHEN I STARTED PLAYING I KIND OF WENT AFTER IT ALL THE WAY. I, I LOOK BACK AT SOME OF THE CLIPPINGS FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND YOU ALWAYS KIND OF THINK THAT YOU WERE BETTER THAN YOU REALLY ARE AS TIME GOES ON, AND I
LOOK AT SOME OF THOSE CLIPPINGS AND I REALLY COULDN'T BUST 90 VERY, VERY WELL, WHEN I WAS A JUNIOR, BUT THEN BY THE TIME I WAS A SENIOR I WENT TO THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA C-I-F PLAYOFFS AS AN INDIVIDUAL, SO

JENNIFER MILLS
WHEN, AT THAT POINT, DID YOU THINK THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO DO IN MY CAREER?

LOREN ROBERTS
NO, I, I NEVER REALLY THOUGHT OF IT AS PLAYING PROFESSIONALLY. I WAS ACTUALLY MORE OR LESS GOING ALONG THE LINES OF BEING A CLUB PROFESSIONAL. YOU KNOW I WENT TO, WENT TO COLLEGE. I GOT STARTED TOO LATE TO GET ANY KIND OF A SCHOLARSHIP, SO I PLAYED IN A DIVISION TWO SCHOOL IN MY HOME TOWN CALPALI, AND PLAYED FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS UNTIL THEY GOT RID OF THE GOLF TEAM.

JENNIFER MILLS
WHICH YOU AND I TALKED, WE TALKED BEFORE THE SHOW, SO WE'LL LET YOU IN ON THAT SECRET. WE DECIDED WE'RE LEAVING TITLE NINE OUT OF THIS CONVERSATION.

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH, PLEASE DO.

JENNIFER MILLS
STAY POLITICALLY NEUTRAL TONIGHT. BUT, SO THAT, THAT ENDED AND THEN WHAT DID YOU DO? DID YOU TURN PRO AT THAT POINT?

LOREN ROBERTS
WELL, I, I, I WENT TO WORK AS AN ASSISTANT PRO AT THE COUNTRY CLUB THERE AND I WAS TRYING TO GO TO SCHOOL AND FINISH UP MY DEGREE AND ALSO TRYING TO WORK ON MY GAME AT THE SAME TIME, AND, AND SOMETHING HAD TO GIVE AND SO UNFORTUNATELY I LEFT SCHOOL AND CONCENTRATED ON GOLF AND UH, BUT I SPENT FIVE, SIX YEARS TRYING TO WORK AT BEING A CLUB PROFESSIONAL THEN I WOULD GO TO THE QUALIFYING SCHOOL JUST TO SEE HOW I WAS COMPARED TO THE OTHER GOOD PLAYERS AND THE THIRD TIME I WENT, LOW AND BEHOLD I GOT THROUGH.

JENNIFER MILLS
SO YOU, THERE COULDN'T BE MUCH TIME TO BE PRACTICING, IF YOU'RE WORKING FULL TIME AND JUST GOING A FEW DAYS BEFORE A TOURNAMENT.

LOREN ROBERTS
WELL, THE SAMOS COUNTRY CLUB WHERE I GREW UP WORKING AND, AND WORKING OUT OF THE BAG ROOM SO I COULD HAVE PRIVILEGES TO PLAY AND EVERYTHING, THE PUTTING GREEN WAS LITERALLY 15 STEPS OUT THE PRO SHOP DOOR SO AFTER ABOUT 2:00 IN THE AFTERNOON, I'D OPEN THE WINDOW SO I COULD HEAR THE PHONE RING IN CASE SOMEBODY CALLED AND I'D JUST GO OUT THERE AND CHIP AND PUTT ALL AFTERNOON.

JENNIFER MILLS
IS THAT WHERE YOU BECAME SUCH A GOOD PUTTER?

LOREN ROBERTS
WELL, I'M SURE IT HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT, ALSO, MY DAD BUILT A PUTTING GREEN IN THE BACK YARD AND IT WAS A REAL GRASS PUTTING GREEN AND I WOULD GO DOWN THERE AND, AND PUTT A LOT ALSO AT HOME.

JENNIFER MILLS
YOU MADE IT ONTO THE TOUR IN 1980, I BELIEVE THROUGH TOUR SCHOOL

LOREN ROBERTS
I MADE IT THROUGH THE, I MADE IT THROUGH THE FALL OF '80 FOR THE '81 SEASON, YES.

JENNIFER MILLS
MHMM MHMM. AND THEN '83 I WOULD SAY ON, FROM THERE ON, YOU

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH

JENNIFER MILLS
BECAME NOT ONLY A REGULAR BUT, BUT DOMINANT AND

LOREN ROBERTS
AND THEN I PLAYED, ACTUALLY, I LOST MY CARD AT THE END OF '81 AND I DIDN'T GO BACK TO THE QUALIFYING SCHOOL. I UH I CAME HOME AND, AND TIED UP A LOT OF LOOSE ENDS. I GOT MARRIED. FINISHED UP MY CLASS `A' FOR THE, IN CASE, YOU KNOW, THE, THE TOUR DIDN'T WORK OUT AND I HAD TO COME BACK AND GET A CLUB JOB AND, AND JUST KIND OF GOT ALL MY DUCKS IN A ROW AND THEN CAME BACK OUT AND REQUALIFIED FOR '83 AND I'VE BEEN PLAYING EVER SINCE.

JENNIFER MILLS
WHERE DO YOU CONSIDER, YOUR, AT WHAT POINT, AS YOU WERE PLAYING ON TOUR DID YOU THINK ALRIGHT, THIS IS GOING TO WORK. I'M GOING TO MAKE A GO OF THIS.

LOREN ROBERTS
WELL I, I KIND OF STROLLED (??)THE FIRST FEW YEARS. I, I DID KEEP MY CARD FOR '84 AND '85 AND THEN LOST IT AGAIN IN '86 AND '87 BUT, I WAS STILL MAKING MONEY ALL THAT TIME. I, YOU KNOW, BARELY LOST IT THOSE TWO YEARS AND UM I REALLY DIDN'T BECOME ANY KIND OF WHAT I WOULD CLASSIFY AS A GOOD PLAYER UNTIL PROBABLY ABOUT 1989 OR 1990.

JENNIFER MILLS
1990 YOU HAD A, A NUMBER OF TOP TEN FINISHES.

LOREN ROBERTS
MMM

JENNIFER MILLS
AND THEN, '94 YOUR FIRST VICTORY WHICH CAME AT ARNIE'S PLACE, WHICH

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH

JENNIFER MILLS
IS NOT A BAD PLACE TO CALL YOUR FIRST WIN.

LOREN ROBERTS
NO, I MEAN THAT, I COULDN'T HAVE PICKED A BETTER TOURNAMENT TO WIN FOR MY FIRST TOURNAMENT AND UH THEN TO FOLLOW IT UP, THE NEXT YEAR AND SUCCESSFULLY DEFEND IT IN '95.


THE FIRST YEAR, YOU KNOW, I HAD SOME HELP IN WINNING, AND THEN THE SECOND YEAR I WON IT VERY DECISIVELY, SO IT, IT WAS REALLY NICE, ESPECIALLY TO DO IT AT ARNOLD, YOU KNOW WHAT HE'S MEANT FOR THE GAME OF GOLF AND, AND WE ALL ASPIRE TO, HAVE ASPIRED TO PLAY LIKE HIM AND, AND TO BE LIKE HIM. BE THE GENTLEMAN AND THE GREAT AMBASSADOR OF THE GAME THAT HE IS.

JENNIFER MILLS
DO YOU REMEMBER NOW OR RECALL THE FEELINGS YOU HAD IN '94 FOR THAT FIRST VICTORY? ARE THEY STILL SOMEWHAT FRESH?

LOREN ROBERTS
THEY, THEY REALLY ARE. I JUST REMEMBER HAVING TO TWO PUTT FROM ABOUT 50 FEET ON 17 AND I KNOCKED MY FIRST PUTT PROBABLY ABOUT 8 FEET BY AND I, I MADE IT COMING BACK, AND FROM, WHEN THAT ONE WENT IN I, I FELT LIKE I HAD A LEGITIMATE CHANCE TO WIN THE GOLF TOURNAMENT AND BECAUSE I KNEW THE LAST TWO HOLES WERE PLAYING TOUGH AND I GOT A LITTLE HELP FROM FUZZY AND VIJAY COMING DOWN THE STRETCH THERE. THEY BASICALLY HAD SOME PROBLEMS AND I WAS ABLE TO PAR THE LAST TWO AND THAT'S WHY I ENDED UP WINNING.

JENNIFER MILLS
A GREAT WIN THERE. YOU WON IT AGAIN IN '95 AS YOU SAID AND CERTAINLY THAT WIN IN '94 HELPED YOU IN THE EFFORT TO MAKE THE RYDER CUP TEAM IN '95.

LOREN ROBERTS
IT REALLY DID, YOU KNOW I'VE, I'VE PLAYED ON ONE RYDER CUP TEAM AND TWO PRESIDENT'S CUP TEAMS AND I'M STILL, I THINK I'M STILL IN THE TOP TEN GOING INTO NEXT YEAR FOR, FOR THE RYDER CUP, AND I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO MAKE ONE MORE SHOT AT MAKING ANOTHER RYDER CUP TEAM.

JENNIFER MILLS
YOU, IS THAT A GOAL OF YOURS FOR NEXT YEAR?

LOREN ROBERTS
IT IS. IT'S GOING TO BE A LITTLE TOUGHER GOAL BECAUSE I'VE KIND OF DECIDED THAT I MAY TRY TO PLAY A LITTLE BIT, A LITTLE BIT LESS. I'LL PROBABLY LIKE TO PLAY ABOUT 20 TO 22 TOURNAMENTS NEXT YEAR INSTEAD OF THE 25 OR 26 THAT I'VE BEEN PLAYING, SO, BUT I THINK I CAN DO IT. I, I THINK PLAYING A LITTLE LESS BUT BEING A LITTLE BIT MORE PREPARED TO PLAY I THINK WILL HELP ME.

-JENNIFER MILLS
YOU WON THE TOURNAMENT AT BAY HILL IN '94. SHORTLY THEREAFTER, JUST A MATTER OF MONTHS, YOU HAD THE, THE CLOSE CALL, WHATEVER, I'M GOING TO CALL IT , WOULD IT BE YOUR BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT TO MISS THE, THE U.S. OPEN.

LOREN ROBERTS
UH. YEAH. I, I WOULD SAY THAT THAT'S SOMETHING THAT EVERY KID DREAMS ABOUT, YOU KNOW, HAVING A 6 FOOT PUTT ON THE LAST HOLE TO WIN THE U.S. OPEN AND YOU KNOW I HAD THAT AND UNFORTUNATELY I DIDN'T GET THE JOB DONE, BUT YOU KNOW, I, I COULD LOOK AT IT NEGATIVELY AND SAY, YOU KNOW, I, I BLEW A CHANCE TO WIN THE OPEN BUT I KIND OF LOOKED AT IT POSITIVELY AND SAID, YOU KNOW, I WAS GOING TO MISS THE CUT WITH, YOU KNOW, TEN HOLES TO PLAY ON FRIDAY AND, AND JUST HAPPENED TO MAKE EVERYTHING FOR A DAY AND A HALF AND GET INTO, GOT INTO THE POSITION TO WIN, SO THAT'S WHAT I KIND OF LOOK AT.

JENNIFER MILLS
TO TURN THE NEGATIVE INTO A POSITIVE.

LOREN ROBERTS
RIGHT

JENNIFER MILLS
DO YOU THINK YOU'LL HAVE ANOTHER SHOT AT A MAJOR?

LOREN ROBERTS
WELL, YOU KNOW, I THOUGHT ABOUT THAT GOING INTO THIS YEAR AND MR. WOODS KIND OF, KIND OF BLEW EVERYBODY'S CANDLE OUT.

JENNIFER MILLS
AUGUSTA WAS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY. YOU WERE RIGHT IN THE, IN THE HOT SEAT

LOREN ROBERTS
IT WAS, IT WAS, IT WAS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY MAKING THE TURN AND, AND I KIND OF STUMBLED GOING THROUGH 10 AND 11 AND AMEN CORNER BUT UM YOU NEVER KNOW, OBVIOUSLY AT 45 YEARS OF AGE THE CLOCKS TICKING PRETTY FAST.

JENNIFER MILLS
I DON'T KNOW, YOU'RE SCARING ENOUGH GUYS OUT THERE WHO ARE 26 AND 7. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK. WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL TALK A BIT ABOUT A NICKNAME `BOSS OF THE MOSS'.

LOREN ROBERTS
OKAY

JENNIFER MILLS
THAT'S HOW A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW YOU, SO WE'LL BE BACK IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. STAY WITH US. GOLF TALK LIVE CONTINUES AFTER THIS.


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(Not that) Jutanugarn shares lead with (not that) Ko

By Associated PressApril 22, 2018, 1:58 am

LOS ANGELES - Moriya Jutanugarn overcame a poor start and birdied the 18th for a hard-earned 1-under 70 to tie Jin Young Ko at 9 under on Saturday going into the final round of the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open.

Ko shot a 66 at Wilshire Country Club in her bid to become the year's first two-time LPGA winner. She won the Women's Australian Open in February, her first victory as an official tour member.

Jutanugarn is trying to match younger sister Ariya as a tour champion. Seven-time winner Ariya was tied for 27th after a 72 in the third round.

Hall of Famer Inbee Park was two shots back in third after a 69. Her birdie putt for a share of the lead on 18 slid just by the hole.


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Moriya Jutanugarn's round included a double bogey on the par-4 first hole and a bogey on the par-4 sixth. She eagled the par-4 14th after holing out from the fairway 93 feet away. The ball took once bounce and went in, eliciting a stunned look from Jutanugarn before she high-fived her caddie.

Jutanugarn read the break perfectly to make birdie on 18 and share the lead with Ko.

Playing two groups ahead of Jutanugarn, Caroline Inglis also eagled the 14th. She briefly jumped up and down and smiled. She shot a 69 and was four shots back in a tie for sixth with Minjee Lee.

Aditi Ashok eagled 14 early in the round.

Ko did some scrambling of her own. Her ball found a sandy hazard on the 17th with a scoreboard and a winding creek in between her and the green 190 yards away. Her approach landed just off the green and she made par. Her round included six birdies and a bogey on 16.

Eun-Hee Ji (70) and American Marina Alex (72) were tied for fourth at 6 uner.

Top-ranked Shanshan Feng shot a 70 and was in a six-way tie for 12th at 2 under.

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Defending champs Singh, Franco take senior lead

By Associated PressApril 22, 2018, 12:15 am

RIDGEDALE, Mo. - Defending champions Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco took the third-round lead Saturday in the windy Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.

Singh and Franco shot a 7-under 47 in wind gusting to 20 mph on the Top of the Rock par-3 course to get to 19-under 145, a stroke ahead of the teams of David Toms-Steve Flesch and Paul Broadhurst-Kirk Triplett.

''It was a tough day,'' Singh said. ''The wind was swirling, have to get the club right and we made some putts. Carlos played really well on the back nine and I played really well on the front nine, so we ham-and-egged it a little.''

Toms and Flesch also shot 47, and Broadhurst and Triplett had a 33 on the 13-hole Mountain Top par-3 course.

''We just paired well together,'' Toms said. ''I don't think either one of us played great. We picked each other up out there.''

Wind and rain is expected Sunday when the teams finish at Top of the Rock, again playing the front nine in alternate shot and the back nine in better ball.

''Make as many birdies as possible and see what happens,'' Singh said. ''That's all we can do.''

Singh and Franco are trying to become the first to successfully defend a title since Jim Colbert and Andy North in 2001. Singh won the Toshiba Classic in March for his first individual senior title.


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Flesch won the Mitsubishi Electric Classic last week in Georgia for his first senior victory.

Tom Lehman and Bernhard Langer had a 34 at Mountain Top to join Spanish stars Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal at 17 under. Jimenez and Olazabal had a 33 at Mountain Top.

''It's great for me to be able to play with him as a team member,'' Olazabal said. ''We do have great memories from the Ryder Cup and other events, and it's always a great pleasure to play with a great player and a friend.''

Langer took the final-round forecast in stride.

''We've done it hundreds of times before and we'll probably do it again,'' Langer said. ''We'll make the best of it. We both have a good attitude. We're known to play in all sorts of weather and I just look forward to playing one more day with my partner here.''

Wisconsin neighbors Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly were 16 under after a 48 at Top of the Rock.

John Daly and Michael Allen, the second-round leaders after a 46 at Top of the Rock, had a 37 at Mountain Top to drop into a tie for seventh at 15 under.

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Landry shares Valero lead, eyes first career win

By Will GrayApril 21, 2018, 11:15 pm

After coming up just short of a breakthrough win earlier this season, Andrew Landry has another chance to earn his maiden victory at the Valero Texas Open.

Landry came within inches of winning the CareerBuilder Challenge in January, ultimately losing to Jon Rahm in a four-hole playoff. He struggled to find form in the wake of his close call, missing the cut in each of his four starts following his runner-up finish in Palm Springs.

But Landry took some time off to welcome his first child, Brooks, last month and he made it to the weekend in his first start back last week at the RBC Heritage, where he finished T-42. He made a move up the standings Saturday at TPC San Antonio with a bogey-free 67, and at 13 under shares the lead with Zach Johnson heading into the final round.

"I just did everything really good," Landry told reporters. "I was staying patient and just trying to make a bunch of pars. This golf course can come up and bite you in a heartbeat, and I had a couple bad putts that I didn't really make. I'm happy with it, it's a good 5-under round. Gets me in the final group tomorrow and we'll see what happens."


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Landry started the day one shot off the pace and in the final group with Johnson and Ryan Moore, and at one point he took sole possession of the lead after birdies on three of his first six holes. Now he'll have another chance in the day's final tee time where he's grouped with Johnson and Trey Mullinax, who sits one shot back after firing a course-record 62 in the third round.

For Landry, it's another opportunity to break into the winner's circle, and it's one for which he feels prepared after coming so close three months ago.

"I mean, I don't want to go too deep into it because I don't want to sound cocky or anything, but I just believe in myself. There's no other explanation for it," Landry said. "You can totally get out here and play with Zach Johnson, Ryan Moore, two top players in the world, and you can go out there and fold under pressure or you can learn a lot.

"Zach's always been a role model to me the way he plays golf, I feel like we have very similar games, and it's just going to be fun tomorrow getting to play with him again."

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Z. Johnson, Landry share 54-hole Texas Open lead

By Associated PressApril 21, 2018, 10:56 pm

SAN ANTONIO - Zach Johnson birdied the par-5 18th Saturday at the Valero Texas Open for a share of the third-round lead with Andrew Landry, a stroke ahead of record-setting Trey Mullinax.

Johnson shot a 4-under 68, holing a 10-footer on 18 to match Landry at 13-under 203 at TPC San Antonio's AT&T Oaks. Landry birdied the 16th and 17th in a 67.

Johnson won the event in 2008 and 2009, the last two times it was played at LaCantera. The 42-year-old Iowan is trying to win for the first time since the 2015 British Open.

''I've got 18 holes to get to that point,'' Johnson said. ''I've got to do exactly what I did on the back side and that was give myself opportunities on every hole. I'm putting great, I'm seeing the lines well, my caddie's reading the greens well, so it's just a matter of committing and executing down the stretch.''

The 30-year-old Landry is winless on the tour.

''I'm a good putter and I just need to give myself a lot of opportunities tomorrow like I did today,'' Landry said. ''I'll be looking forward to tomorrow.''

Mullinax had a course-record 62. He played the back nine in 7-under 29, going 6 under on the last five with eagles on the par-5 14th and 18th and birdies on 16 and 17. He also birdied Nos. 10 and 12 and bogeyed 11.

''It's probably one of the best rounds I've ever had,'' Mullinax said. ''To go out there and shoot 62 on a hard golf course is really good.''

Johnson played the front nine in even par with two birdies and two bogeys. He birdied Nos. 11, 14, 15 and 18 on the back nine.


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''Different wind today early on, misjudged some numbers, misjudged some wind, made some bad swings, all of the above,'' Johnson said. ''But truthfully, my short game was actually pretty good, my putting was great. I missed some putts, but I hit some really good ones, hit some lines and I gave myself opportunities especially on the back side.''

Landry had a bogey-free round.

''I just did everything really good,'' Landry said. ''I was staying patient and just trying to make a bunch of pars. This golf course can come up and bite you in a heartbeat.''

Ryan Moore was two strokes back at 11 under after a 70. Sean O'Hair had a 65 to join 2015 champion Jimmy Walker (67), Chris Kirk (68) and 2013 winner Martin Laird (69) at 9 under.

''I just feel like I'm getting closer and closer to playing better and better golf, more solid golf, putting rounds together,'' Walker said. ''I'm excited for the opportunity tomorrow.''

Mullinax has made 42 of 44 putts from inside 10 feet this week.

''They just kind of remind me of greens from home,'' Mullinax said. ''My caddie, David (Flynn), has been reading them really well. We trusted each other on our reads and I've been hitting good putts. Been working hard on putting on the weeks off that I've had so it's good to see some results.''

The 25-year-old former Alabama player chipped in for the eagle on 14 and the birdie on the par-3 16th.

''It was just a little bit down the hill,'' he said about the 16th. ''All you had to do was just land it just past that little light grass spot. My caddie told me just read it like a putt, so I tried to just read it like a putt and it went in.''

On 18, he hit a 3-iron from 255 yards to 15 feet to set up his eagle putt. He broke the course record of 63 set by Matt Every in 201 and matched by Laird in 2013. The tournament record is 60 at LaCantera, by Bart Bryant in 2004 and Johnson in 2009.