Mon, Oct 15, 2012 - Page 18 News List

Mallinger maintains two-shot lead over Swede Jonas Blixt

AFP, SAN JOSE, California

John Mallinger of the US, winless in seven years on the USPGA Tour, fired a one-under 70 on Saturday to maintain the lead after the third round of the US$5 million Open.

The 33-year-old had a 15-under 198 total at the CordeValle golf course. He equaled the course record 62 in the second round after opening with a 66 on Thursday.

“It was a little scrappy,” said Mallinger, who had a two-shot lead. “I didn’t have my best off the tee, but I started hitting some good shots coming in. I hit a lot of good putts that just didn’t fall. Hopefully, I can straighten out the drive and make some putts tomorrow.”

Mallinger has finished second twice, including losing in a playoff to Bo Van Pelt three years ago in Milwaukee.

Sweden’s Jonas Blixt was second after a 66, while Charles Howell and Jason Kokrak of the US were another stroke back at 12-under. Howell shot a 66 and Kokrak fired a 67.

Fiji’s Vijay Singh and Brazil’s Alexandre Rocha were 11-under after both shot 66.

The 28-year-old Blixt birdied five of the last eight holes. He was even-par on the front nine with a birdie and a bogey. He shot up the leaderboard with birdies at 11 and 13, and then rolled in a birdie on 15 to get to 11-under.

Blixt birdied the 17th and followed with a six-foot birdie putt at 18 to finish two back. He was third the previous week in Las Vegas.

“The front nine is a little harder. The back nine you can make a couple [of] birdies,” Blixt said. “Hopefully, I can finish like I did today.”

Greg Owen (68), Scott Dunlap (70), Jhonattan Vegas (71), Danny Lee (67) and Russell Knox (65) shared seventh at 10-under 203.

This story has been viewed 1292 times.

Comments will be moderated. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned.

TOP top