Hatalsky In Chipper Mood
Tom Watson is alone in second place with 14 points. John Harris,Hugh Baiocchi, Terry Dill and Mike McCullough share third place with 12 points at Park Meadows Country Club.
The modified Stableford format awards eight points for a double eagle, five for an eagle and two for a birdie. No points are given for a par, while one point is deducted for a bogey and three are taken away for a double bogey or worse.
Hatalsky overcame early problems after a pair of bogeys at the fourth and fifth holes. He birdied four holes in a row around the turn, all from inside 20 feet, to collect eight points before a big par save at the 12th.
The par-3 14th is where Hatalsky began to move up the leaderboard. He missed the putting surface from the tee but chipped in from 30 feet to collect two points and move to plus 10.
Hatalsky landed in a bunker off the tee at the par-5 15th but he was able to knock his second shot pin high in the rough, 25 feet from the stick. He chipped in from there for an eagle and five additional points.
'Stableford creates a little variety for us and the fans,' said Hatalsky, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour in the midst of a fine rookie season on the Senior Tour. 'It's fun chipping in for eagles, and you get five points, too. It's like my wife's home cooking. It's good.'
Hatalsky carded a pair of birdies at 16 and 18 to get to 19 points, the most ever in a single round of a Senior Tour event using this scoring system.
'It was a very good day for me,' said Hatalsky, who needed only 21 putts on Friday. 'I missed some short putts early but I shot 30 on the back nine. I was solid, tee to green, and my short game was good.'
Watson recorded five birdies and three bogeys in his round before stepping on the 17th tee. He nailed his drive and knocked a 5-iron to two feet, setting up eagle and making the move to second place.
'I played well despite three bogeys,' said Watson, who was the runner-up in the U.S. Senior Open. 'I'm in a good position. Morris Hatalsky is the man to beat right now. He can putt and really has improved his golf swing.'
A pair of Senior Tour major winners are part of a group with 11 points. Tradition winner Jim Thorpe and U.S. Senior Open champion Don Pooley joined Jim Ahern in a tie for seventh.
Arnold Palmer delighted the gallery Friday when he collected six points in a round that would have been a 71 had it been contested in stroke play.
'Today I had fun,' Palmer said. 'It's been a long time since I played 18 holes and had fun.'
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Salas (62) leads LPGA's Indy Women in Tech
INDIANAPOLIS - Lizette Salas matched the Brickyard Crossing record with a 10-under 62 on Thursday in the Indy Women in Tech Championship, making birdie on the final three holes for a two-stroke lead over fast-starting Angel Yin and Japan's Nasa Hataoka.
Yin birdied eight of the first nine holes in her morning round for a front-nine 8-under 28 - one short of the LPGA Tour's nine-hole record. It matched the third-lowest nine-hole score in relation to par in tour history.
Salas eagled the par-5 second in the afternoon and added three straight birdies on Nos. 4-6. She birdied Nos. 12 and 14 before reeling off three more in a row to close, waiting out a late 77-minute suspension for an approaching storm.
Salas matched the course record set by Mike McCullough in the PGA Tour Champions' 1999 Comfort Classic.
Sordet opens with 62 to grab lead at Nordea Masters
GOTHENBURG, Sweden - Clement Sordet opened with four straight birdies to shoot 8-under 62 and take the first-round lead of the Nordea Masters on Thursday.
Sordet says ''I wasn't really focusing on the score, I was just enjoying it.''
The Frenchman, who shot his lowest European Tour round, has a two-stroke lead over Scott Jamieson of Scotland and Lee Slattery of England.
Hunter Stewart is the highest-placed American after a 5-under 65 left him on a four-way tie for fourth with Christofer Blomstrand, Tapio Pulkkanen and Richard Green.
Defending champion Renato Paratore's hopes of becoming the first player to successfully retain the title look in doubt after the Italian shot 9-over 79 at Hills Golf Club.
Peterson confirms plans to play Web.com Finals
After flirting with retirement for much of the summer, John Peterson confirmed that he will give it one more shot in the upcoming Web.com Tour Finals.
Peterson, 29, had planned to walk away from the game and begin a career in real estate in his native Texas if he failed to secure PGA Tour status before his medical extension expired. His T-13 finish last month at The Greenbrier appeared to be enough to net the former NCAA champ at least conditional status, but a closer look at the numbers revealed he missed out by 0.58 points in his last available start.
But Peterson was buoyed by the support he received from his peers at The Greenbrier, and when he got into the Barbasol Championship as a late alternate he decided to make the trip to the tournament. He tied for 21st that week in Kentucky, clinching enough non-member FedExCup points to grant him a spot in the four-event Finals.
Last month Peterson hinted that he would consider playing in the Finals, where 25 PGA Tour cards for the 2018-19 season will be up for grabs, and Thursday he confirmed in an Instagram post that he will give his pro career "one last push."
The Finals kick off next week in Ohio with the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship and will conclude Sept. 20-23 with the Web.com Tour Championship. Peterson will be looking to rekindle his results from 2013, when he finished T-5 or better at each of the four Finals events while earning fully-exempt status as the top money earner.
Lyle honored with sand sculpture at Wyndham
Jarrod Lyle passed away last week at the age of 36 after losing his third battle with cancer.
And after a PGA Championship filled with tributes to the Australian, the Wyndham Championship found its own way to keep his legacy alive at the North Carolina Tour stop.
Next to the Wyndham Championship and PGA Tour logos carved into the sand on site at Sedgefield Country Club is Lyle's name and the "Leuk the Duck" mascot. The duck has become synonymous with Challenge, an organization that supports kids with cancer.
Fellow Aussie Stuart Appleby posted the display on social media:
Lyle was also remembered in a more traditional manner on the first tee, where his bag and trademark yellow bucket hat were prominently displayed.