Purdy Leads by One at Oregon Classic
Jason Caron, who was tied with Purdy after the first round, carded a 3-under 69 to finish at 10-under-par 134 along with Jeff Freeman and Jason Gore.
Purdy has seen a full turnaround this week at Shadow Hills Country Club. The 29-year-old, who missed the cut in each of his last five starts, followed up a brilliant opening-round performance to hold the 36-hole lead for the first time in his Buy.Com Tour career.
'They're tucking the pins, but the greens are soft,' said Purdy. 'I was trying to shoot as low as I can. These guys are good. It's pedal to the metal and there's no reason to be tentative.'
Purdy played the back nine first and picked up his first birdie of the day at the 11th. He ran into trouble with a bogey at the 14th but responded with a birdie at the very next hole. Purdy added a birdie at the 18th to make the turn at minus 9.
The former Arizona Wildcat had the shot of the day at the par-4 sixth. He was left with 150 yards to the hole and sent his second shot into the bottom of the cup for an eagle.
'It went in like a putt. It landed 10 feet and rolled right in the hole,' said Purdy. 'Some pins you don't shoot for, but that one I was shooting for. I was in the middle of the fairway with a comfortable club.'
Purdy followed his eagle with a birdie at the par-4 seventh to take sole possession of first into the weekend.
'Golf's a crazy game. It's not surprising me that I'm playing well,' said Purdy, whose best finish this year is a tie for 23rd at the Charity Pro-Am at the Cliffs. 'What was more surprising was how bad I was playing.'
Patrick Moore, who is looking for his third victory of the season, had six birdies and no bogeys for a round of 66. Moore finished three shots back at 9-under-par 135, alongside John Restino, Ryuji Imada, Billy Judah and Brent Winston.
Jason Dufner, David Branshaw and Brad Adamonis share 11th at 8-under-par 136.
The 36-hole cut fell at 3-under-par 141 with 74 players qualifying for the weekend. Among those who didn't make the grade was Keoke Cotner, who won this event in 2000.
Full field scores from the Oregon Classic
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Watch: Highlights from Tiger's first round at East Lake
Tiger Woods is back at the season-ending Tour Championship for the first time since 2013, and he provided the fans in Atlanta with some highlights on the first day of competition.
Still looking for his first win of the year after coming close on numerous occasions, Woods started the day off by splitting the fairway on the first hole with the driver, not even bothering to watch his ball land.
Despite the picture-perfect opening tee shot, Woods would go on to bogey the first hole, but he rebounded with back-to-back birdies on 5 and 6, making putts from 26 and 15 feet.
Tiger's best shot on the front nine came on the par-4 seventh hole after he found the pine straw behind a tree with his drive. The 14-time major champ punched one under the tree limbs and onto the green, then calmly two-putted for par from about 40 feet en route to a front-side 1-under 34.
Woods added two more birdies on the par-4 12th and 14th holes, rolling in putts of 3 feet and 7 feet after a couple of great looking approach shots.
Garcia (66) peaking for Ryder Cup?
Sergio Garcia might be finding his form just in time to terrorize the U.S. Ryder Cup team.
Garcia made seven birdies during an opening round of 5-under 66 to sit just two shots off the early lead at the European Tour’s Portugal Masters.
It was Garcia’s fifth consecutive round of par or better, a stretch that includes rounds of 66-65-67-70-66. That solid play at the Wyndham Championship wasn’t enough to extend his PGA Tour season – he didn’t qualify for the FedExCup playoffs – but the Spaniard is starting to round into form with the Ryder Cup on deck.
A few weeks ago he was a controversial selection by European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn. After missing the cut in all four majors, Garcia could have been left at home in favor of such players as Rafa Cabrera Bello, Matt Wallace (a three-time winner this season who, once again, is at the top of the leaderboard in Portugal), Matt Fitzpatrick or Thomas Pieters. But Bjorn tabbed Garcia, noting his Ryder Cup experience, his sterling foursomes record and his influence in the team room. If Phil Mickelson is the U.S. player under the most pressure to perform in Paris, all eyes will be on Garcia next week – especially since it could be one of his final opportunities to wear a European uniform, as he’ll be 40 for the 2020 matches.
Garcia’s 66 matched his lowest opening round of the year and puts him in position to secure just his second top-10 since March.
Watch: 100mph storm destroys tent at St. Andrews
The first named storm of the season struck Wednesday, bringing 100 mph gusts, killing two people and leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power in parts of Ireland, Scotland and England.
According to the Courier no one was injured in the St. Andrews area, but a video posted from the home of golf shows just how powerful the storm was as wind absolutely destroyed one of the hospitality tents set up in advance of the Dunhill Links Championship:
TAKE CARE – ST ANDREWS OLD COURSE AREA— Fife Police (@FifePolice) September 19, 2018
Police in Fife are asking the public to take care around St Andrews Old Course after reports of tents from the Alfred Dunhill Links Championships site being blown about. #stormy #stormAli #staysafe
While plenty of clean-up is sure to be needed, officials say the Dunhill Links, which also be conducted at Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, will go on as scheduled October 4-7.